Rainham seek better after a below-par performance and Hothi is predicting reaction

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 June 2018

Garnet Shallow in batting action for Rainham in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Garnet Shallow in batting action for Rainham in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Spring Farm Park club failed to impress against Brookweald and will hope for an improvement at Old Chelmsfordians

Jas Hothi is expecting a reaction from Rainham when they travel to Old Chelmsfordians in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

The new boys lost for the second consecutive match last weekend when Brookweald chased down 183 to win at Spring Farm Park.

It was a frustrating result for Rainham, especially after they suffered a defeat at champions Bentley the Saturday before (June 9) and ahead of travelling to Old Chelmsfordians, Hothi is after an improved display.

He said: “We need to have a bit more batting awareness and need to understand when to push on and when to dig in deep, so I think that’s one of our problems.

“Our ground fielding wasn’t great at all on Saturday and it is probably the worst we have been, as every time we applied some pressure we let them off with some silly fielding.

“Everyone was disappointed and we know we are a lot better than that so I fully expect us to bounce back.”

Rainham will be looking to put in a good display on Saturday, but know it will be difficult against a side currently third in the table.

Old Chelmsfordians have won four of their opening seven games and have 107 points compared to the Premier debutants tally of 80.

Captain Hothi said: “They are an experienced team at this levelso we know it is going to be tough, especially at their place.

“We know the sides at the top are strong at home, so we need to put in a good performance, but we are still confident.

“We just need to go out there and perform and if we manage to do that I am sure we will be fine.”

Hothi made no excuses after he had seen his team lose by five wickets to Brookweald last time out.

He added: “We didn’t play well with both the bat or ball and in the field, so fair play to them we didn’t deserve to win.

“There were no excuses, we just have to hold our hands up and admit we were not good enough on the day.”

Garnet Shallow’s 80 was the key score in Rainham’s total of 182-7 with Ronnie Jackson adding 38, but none of the other batsmen could show their pedigree.

Bhavik (2-34) and Biren Patel (1-27) claimed scalps during the Brookweald chase, but the lowly side, who have been deducted points this season, got home with 12 balls to spare.

He said: “Garnet was back to his best and batted really well, but it was a shame no one could support him at the other end.

“We were disappointed and I think we lost the game between the 10th and 30th over because we scored so slowly.

“If I am honest, we were lucky to get past 180 as we were literally so slow. I think we needed about 220 as the pitch was fine.

“The outfield was quicker than it had been so we needed around 220 to try and put some pressure on them.

“Brookweald batted well, we took a couple of early wickets, but they had two batsmen who put on a solid partnership and we couldn’t get wickets at key times.”

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