'Calm' captain Hothi sees Rainham home in dramatic fashion
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 July 2018
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Rainham were reduced to 173-9 chasing 187 to win with three overs left, but their skipper stood firm and got them over the line
Rainham captain Jas Hothi displayed nerves of steel on Saturday to see his team home against Aythorpe Roding by one wicket in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division.
After restricting the visitors to 186-8 from 45 overs, the Spring Farm Park outfit soon found themselves in trouble.
Rushi Patel’s 49 and 27 from Garnet Shallow got them back on top, but with 14 runs needed, Rainham only had one wicket left.
The captain kept his composure though, and got them home with three balls to spare to end up on 53 not out.
“I was quite calm actually because I have spoken before about how we bat all the way down to 11,” said Hothi.
“We had a 15-year-old called Ben Little in as the last man on Saturday and he has scored a hundred before, so we know he can bat.
“At this stage we needed 14 off three overs and he faced five dot balls and then hit a four which meant we needed six off the last over.
“His four was a cover drive and I was just amazed at the other end. It was such a good shot given the circumstances.
“The way Spring Farm Park is, I knew I couldn’t just try and finish it with a few big shots, so I just played for twos and fours and we got there in the end.”
Initially it was a fine effort with the ball as Rainham managed to keep the away side in check throughout their innings.
Graham Millbank (72) and Paul Gravatt (44) both hit notable scores, but Biren Patel (3-43) managed to dismiss them both.
Jon O’Neill also caught the eye with 3-22 from 10 hostile overs at the beginning of the Aythorpe Roding innings.
“Biren didn’t bowl his best, but he got three big wickets and Jono was superb at the start,” said Hothi.
“He deserved five wickets the way he bowled, it was the best I have seen him bowl for a long time.
“So many times they swung and missed or just managed to edge it past the slips, he was brilliant.”