Rainham captain expecting another memorable contest with rivals Aythorpe Roding
PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 June 2018
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The two clubs have faced each other four times over the last two years with Rainham winning all four
There appears to be no love lost between Rainham and Aythorpe Roding going into Saturday’s T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division contest.
Both sides come up from Division One last year and Jas Hothi’s side eventually won the race to be crowned champions.
Rainham have actually won the last four meetings between the clubs and are eager to get another one over Aythorpe Roding at Spring Farm Park this weekend.
Hothi said: “They are third and we seem to like toppling the side who are third after doing it against Old Chelmsfordians last week.
“We come up with Aythorpe, so we know all about them. We have played them four times over the last two years and won every game, so we are extremely confident.
“They know about us and we know all about them, so we are looking forward to Saturday’s game and really up for it, especially after some of the words exchanged last time.”
Not only have Rainham won the last four clashes, they have managed to dismiss Aythorpe Roding cheaply in the past two battles at Spring Farm Park.
In 2016, Hothi’s men won by 199 runs after dismissing their rivals for 48 and last year, they had their title foes all out for 79 chasing 207 to win.
He added: “They haven’t enjoyed playing at our ground. We have dismissed them cheaply on the last two occasions, so we are confident.
“We haven’t had the best of times at home this season, but we know it better than anyone and need to show that on Saturday.”
Rainham had no trouble on the road at Old Chelmsfordians last weekend, with the hosts third in the league going into the fixture.
The home side were restricted to 184-7 with spin trio Charlie Puncher (3-14), Biren Patel (2-38) and Bhavik Patel (1-29) doing most of the damage.
Captain Hothi was dismissed for a 10-ball duck at the start of Rainham’s chase, but Garnet Shallow and Ronnie Jackson come together and put on a vital partnership for the second wicket.
Although Shallow went for 51 and the visitors had a mini collapse, Rushi Patel fired 35 off 28 balls to ease the pressure.
Jackson remained there at the finish and ended on 80 not out to see Rainham home with three overs to spare.
Hothi said: “It seems like the table has split into a few mini leagues now because you have the top two in Springfield and Bentley, who are a step above the rest.
“Then you have a handful of teams battling for third, fourth, fifth and it is great to see us in the mix approaching the halfway point.
“I do really think we can beat anyone in the league, but we know we can’t just turn up at 60 per cent and get a result.
“To win every game we need to be at 90 per cent and if we are, then I believe we can beat anyone and I include Springfield and Bentley in that.”