Rainham can cope without me, says Hothi

PUBLISHED: 11:30 31 July 2015

Rainham captain Jas Hothi hits out (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Rainham captain Jas Hothi hits out (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Skipper is away this weekend but expects his side to keep up title charge

Rainham captain Jas Hothi may not be available for this weekend’s Mid-Essex League Division Two clash against Rayleigh Fairview, but is confident Jon O’Neill will get the job done for the leaders.

Hothi, after starring with bat and ball last weekend, is away at a wedding tomorrow (Saturday), but he believes his side have enough to get back-to-back victories.

A nine-wicket success against derby rivals Havering-atte-Bower last weekend saw Rainham move back to the top of the table and Hothi wants them to stay there.

He said: “Obviously if you are going to go up you want to do it as champions, you don’t want to be runners-up.

“We are not going to look too much into it at the moment, we will take it game by game, and as long as we play to the best of our ability we will be fine.

“Rayleigh Fairview are a good side and I’ll be away this weekend, so I’m a bit gutted about that.

“But Jon will step up and we have a good side out, so I’m expecting us to get another win.”

Rainham needed to bounce back against Havering and certainly did with a comprehensive performance in all departments.

Hothi won the toss and decided to field first at Spring Farm Park.

O’Neill (2-17) and Garnet Shallow ensured it was a wise decision as they made early breakthroughs.

Havering were never able to get themselves in the game from that point onwards with Ryan Hurley fighting a losing battle on his way to 45, before Biren Patel had him caught and bowled.

The next top score for Havering was 13 by Peter Edge as Hothi helped himself to 4-19 from his eight overs to dismiss the visitors for 114 inside 39 overs.

Rainham made light work of that target and romped to victory with their captain finishing unbeaten on 54 to earn a comfortable win.

“It was a good toss to win and Jon and Garnet bowled really well and didn’t let Havering get away,” said Hothi. “It was a good day for myself personally with four wickets and 54 not out, but the win was the most important thing.

“Overall it was a very pleasing day at the office for us, everything that could go right went right and that is unusual for us.

“If you look at our results we always have some kind of hiccup, but we won quite comfortably in the end against Havering.”

That triumph moved Rainham back into pole position, but there is not a lot of margin for error between the top three.

Hothi added: “We are top, but it is so tight with just three points between us all, so there’s not much in it at the moment.

“Even if we win this weekend, if Hornchurch and South Weald pick up bonus-point wins we could find ourselves third so we aren’t getting carried away with anything yet.”

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