Rainham eager to set up exciting last-day, says Hothi

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 August 2018

Rainham players celebrate during their batting innings (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Rainham players celebrate during their batting innings (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The Spring Farm Park club bounced back impressively against Brookweald last weekend

Rainham have plenty still to play for in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division going into the last two games of the season according to Jas Hothi.

Last weekend, the new boys won by 89 runs at Brookweald to get back on track after consecutive defeats had hurt their hopes of finishing third.

Ahead of hosting sixth-placed Old Chelmsfordians on Saturday, fifth in the table Rainham are 30 points behind Goresbrook, who currently occupy third position.

Hothi said: “There is still a lot to play for and we won’t be taking Old Chelmsfordians lightly. I know they have struggled over the last couple of weeks, but we need to get a good result.

“You have Aythorpe Roding and Goresbrook playing each other this weekend, so it is third vs fourth and fifth vs sixth and will set it up nicely for the final day.

“We have Aythorpe in the last game of the season, so we all want to finish strongly and come as high as we can. We know we let ourselves down with those two defeats, but we want to put it right by ending with three wins.”

Rainham produced a positive reaction on Saturday after losing to Bentley and Rettendon in the previous two fixtures.

Hothi failed to make the right call for the toss at Brookweald and his team were put in on what appeared a tricky wicket.

Rain earlier in the week made it difficult, but Ronnie Jackson and Sid Patel showed how to bat on it and both got into the forties.

Although they couldn’t kick on, Rainham managed to get up to 206 when they were dismissed in the 43rd over.

Garnet Shallow added some runs down the order and received support from Jon O’Neill before the visitors set about defending their total.

Brookweald came out firing on all cylinders, but Ben Little took three wickets and all-rounder O’Neill did plenty of damage to help Rainham bowl them out for 117 in the 26th over.

Hothi added: “It was a much-needed performance from us and our batting was good, especially on a tricky surface after we lost the toss.

“We lost a couple of wickets, but Sid and Ronnie countered really well and made sure we got up to a good score.

“Once we got Brookweald’s two main batsmen, we remained calm and managed to get them all out pretty quickly.”

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