Rainham captain Hothi is relishing Rainham’s trip to Writtle

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 May 2017

Rainham captain Jas Hothi in batting action  Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Rainham captain Jas Hothi in batting action Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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Hothi looks ahead to Writtle match

Rainham captain Jas Hothi was in confident mood ahead of his side’s upcoming Mid-Essex League Division One clash at Writtle tomorrow (Saturday).

Hothi’s team make the short trip to newly-promoted Writtle, aiming to get themselves back on track, after a dramatic tie against Hornchurch Athletic.

Hothi said: “Writtle are a really good team and I’m not surprised they came up again this season at all.

“We beat them two years ago and I don’t think their team has changed much and neither has ours. We won both matches that season, so hopefully we can do the same again this season.”

Hothi is also hoping to return to winning ways, as they started the campaign with an impressive success over Stock, but he admits his team will have to step up to ensure they get a result after the team struggled with their bowling against the Athletic last weekend.

“I don’t think we bowled as well as we could have, but we can’t be disappointed as it’s only the second game of the season,” he said.

“The bowlers just had an off day really, but it’s better that it has happened now, rather than later on in the season when you’re battling for promotion.”

Hothi admitted it was a new feeling to be a part of a tie and didn’t ever recall playing in a fixture with that outcome.

“It was a cracking game to be honest, you don’t get many ties, and I personally don’t think I have ever been part of one.”

The skipper is also hoping for a better display from himself, as he only managed one run on his return to the line-up, after missing on the season opener.

“I didn’t get off to great start, but I’m very confident I can turn it around and we can get the win.”

Garnet Shallow (39) top scored in Rainham’s 222, as Tyler Marks took 3-58 for Athletic and Sam Samarasekera (69) led their reply.

But Athletic needed 19 off 12 balls and two off the last ball, with James Coote only managing a single as they closed on 222-8.

Athletic seconds came up just short against Rayne, after being set a target of 185, with Lak Gill (74) and Ben Turner (34) their top scorers in a two-run loss.

Chris Martin (60) and Harry Gilham (3-23) led the thirds to a 24-run win over Chelmsfordians, as Nadeem (70) and Ian Crane (50) shone as the fourths beat South Woodham thirds by 40 runs.

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