Hothi pays tribute to current champions Bentley after Rainham ‘outclassed’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 August 2018

Bentley players celebrate a wicket (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Bentley players celebrate a wicket (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The Spring Farm Park club were dismissed for 78 chasing 211 to win to suffer a second consecutive loss

Jas Hothi held his hands up following Rainham’s T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division loss to Bentley on Saturday and admitted his team were outclassed in all facets of their game.

The current champions scored 210 from their 45 overs with Tom Johnson and Ash Parmenter both playing significant knocks for the visitors.

In reply, Rainham had no answers and were dismissed for 78 in the 31st over to cap a disappointing day at their Spring Farm Park home.

Hothi candidly said: “We got outclassed on Saturday and the last couple of weeks have been terrible.

“We have just played shots regardless of the score and really lacked application when it comes to the bat.

“Credit to Bentley because there is a reason why they have been champions three times in a row and they taught us a lesson.”

There were some positives for Rainham with Ben Little claiming four wickets and at one stage they were on top.

Bentley were four down before they had reached three figures, but a solid partnership between Johnson and Parmenter took the game away from Hothi’s men.

Although Jon O’Neill, Charlie Puncher and Biren Patel picked up two wickets apiece, it failed to stop the away side going past 200.

Rainham always faced a tough challenge with the bat, but their captain was frustrated at a lack of determination from his batsmen.

Only Ronnie Jackson and Hothi were able to go past 10 and the hosts were all out for a below-par score of 78.

The captain added: “We had them 78-4 and then they got a partnership going and two of their guys made fifty and 210 was a huge score on that pitch.

“Sometimes you just have to give credit to the opposition and they outclassed us with bat, ball and in the field.

“It is tough to take because we haven’t been totally outplayed like this for a while, but we need to learn from it and bounce back.”

Rainham’s second consecutive loss leaves them in sixth position with three games left of the 2018 season.

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