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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi wants Rainham to play with no pressure at champions Bentley

PUBLISHED: 14:08 07 June 2018

Rainham's Garnet Shallow leaves a ball off the bowling of Israel Ochwo of Goresbrook (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Rainham's Garnet Shallow leaves a ball off the bowling of Israel Ochwo of Goresbrook (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Spring Farm Park club travel to the leaders excited to test themselves up one of the best clubs from the Essex area

Rainham captain Jas Hothi has told his team they have nothing to lose at T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Divisions 2017 champions Bentley at the weekend.

After making it back-to-back victories in the top flight last Saturday, the new boys will go to Coxtie Green Road excited about facing the leaders.

Hothi’s men failed to win in any of their first three games in the Premier Division, but recent triumphs at Rayleigh and over Rettendon have built up some momentum.

“Everyone is excited about facing Bentley and we had a chat about it after winning against Rettendon, but there is literally zero pressure on us,” said Rainham’s captain.

“They have played five and won five and they have been sweeping teams away, so we will go there and enjoy it.

“It is a lovely place to play cricket and we do normally raise it for the big games, so we will see what happens.

“We are looking forward to testing ourselves against this type of standard because they have been champions for the last three years, so it will be good to see the consistency they play at and try to match it if we can.”

Although Hothi has played at Bentley before, it was while he was at school and Rainham have never faced the current champions in a first XI game.

It adds to the excitement at the Spring Farm Park club ahead of going up against a side with such a prestigious history and especially given the surface at Coxtie Green.

Hothi added: “Rainham’s third team have faced their fourth team before and I think we might have played their seconds, but I don’t believe we have ever faced their first XI.

“It shows the standard we will be playing, we know it is going to be tough, but we have nothing to lose.”

Rainham travel to Bentley with spirits high following a second consecutive Premier Division victory on Saturday.

Rettendon were the visitors to Spring Farm Park and they struggled to cope with the slow outfield and were all out for 84.

Bhavik Patel claimed 5-20, but Rainham’s chase was far from straightforward as they were quickly reduced to 24-4.

Dan Skipper made the most of his first-team chance, as he struck an unbeaten 28 to see his side home by five wickets.

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