Rainham captain Hothi relieved with draw against Hornchurch Athletic

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 May 2017

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

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

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Captain relieved with latest result

Rainham captain Jas Hothi was relieved that his side held on for a tie against Hornchurch Athletic in their Mid-Essex League Division One derby.

Athletic, replying to Rainham’s 222, could only manage a single off the last ball of the match and closed on 222-8.

But Hothi admitted he couldn’t be ‘disappointed’ with the result in the crunch match at Hylands Park on Saturday.

He said: “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.

“We lost the toss, but we scored 222, which I thought was a good comeback for us.”

Rainham bowled six wides in the penultimate over which together with two boundaries set up a dramatic final six balls.

“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 heaped praise on his team-mate Sid Patel, who managed 38 runs, in an ‘excellent’ display that he believes changed the match.

“Sid Patel was our stand-out batsman - I thought he changed the game and momentum for us.”

Hornchurch Athletic’s Sam Samarasekera played a superb innings of 69 to anchor their innings, after Chris Humphries was out early and Ross Raftery fell to a brilliant catch for 19.

But Samarasekera fell to danger man Jon O’Neill, leaving Rainham in the driving seat, but an excellent seventh wicket stand between Dillon Phillips and James Coote kept their hopes alive in a thrilling finish.

*The seconds fell two runs short at Rayne.

Lak Gill (74) top scored as the Athletics chased a target of 184, with Ben Turner (34) adding useful runs.

*Former club captain (60) starred for the thirds in their win against Old Chelmsfordians.

Steve Cheeseman (25) chipped in to make it 173-6, while Harry Gilham was the pick of the bowlers taking (3-23) and Neil Roe taking (2-11) as the home side were dismissed for 149.

*The fourth XI won against South Woodham III, with Nadeem (70) and an injured Ian Crane (50) as they made it 192-6, as the visitors could only make 152-7.

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