Rainham captain Hothi confident of victory against Stock

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 July 2017

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

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

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Rainham captain Jas Hothi was in confident mood ahead of his side’s upcoming Mid-Essex League Division One clash against Stock.

Hothi and his side travel to Stock tomorrow (Saturday) and will be hoping to continue their current form to help their title push.

“It will be another tough game as they’re coming off a couple wins after having a tough start to the season,” he said.

“We played them twice last season and once this season already and it’s always a tricky test, but if we play to our best I’m confident we will get the win.”

The skipper also admitted it’s got to the stage in the season where everyone has got to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, but they just need to stay focused.

“We have played everyone and we’re now halfway through the season, so we know what everyone has got and everyone knows what we have got,” said Hothi. “We want to be top, so we are just motivated to win every game because of that.”

Rainham currently sit in second place and Hothi believes they just need to keep playing good cricket to chase down current leaders Aythrope Roding.

“We’re not getting carried away we know we are playing good cricket, but we just want to be top, so that’s our focus to play good cricket and get to the top,” added Hothi.

“That’s our motivation and has been all season – to get promoted as champions.”

Rainham will now be hoping to build on their latest 100-run victory over Burnham Sports as they head into theor next match.

“It was a good performance for us,” admitted Hothi. “The wicket was extremely soft and slow, so we knew we had to bat carefully.”

Openers Hothi and Biren Patel produced a slow but steady start to the match, seeing off the opening bowlers.

Garnett Shallow came to crease and built a solid 50 with support from Biren Patel (35) and Sid Patel (43) as Rainham finished on 202-9, which proved well beyond their rivals.

“I think myself and Biren put on a good partnership to start us off well,” added Hothi.

“It was a wicket where if you didn’t bat carefully you could have lost a few early wickets, so we just had to stay calm.

“Garnett and Sid then went in and did the business, which allowed others like Dan (Skipper) to come out and play freely.”

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