Hothi full of praise for Rainham after ‘best victory of the season’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 June 2018

The Rainham squad watch on during their batting innings at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

The Rainham squad watch on during their batting innings at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The new boys produced an excellent display in the field and at the crease to defeat previously third-placed Old Chelmsfordians

Rainham captain Jas Hothi hailed Saturday’s win over Old Chelmsfordians in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division as their best of the season.

The Spring Farm Park club went into the contest off the back of consecutive defeats and in need of a boost.

It arrived on Saturday as they produced in the field and with the bat to chase down 185 to win and with five wickets still in hand.

Hothi said: “It was the best victory of the season and we showed a lot of character because they got off to a flier.

“We thought they might be looking at something close to 260 at one stage, but our heads didn’t drop and we managed to get a few wickets and to get back on top.

“Our bowling and fielding was excellent and it was a shame we couldn’t get all 10 wickets, but I’ll take a total of 184-7 all day long.”

The Rainham captain praised the contributions of Charlie Puncher (3-14) and Bhavik and Biren Patel.

After Old Chelmsfordians were restrict to 184-7, the visitors set about their chase and lost an early wicket, but soon settled.

Garnet Shallow showed his class with 51 at the top of the order and Ronnie Jackson was there at the end with an excellent 80 not out after receiving great support from Rushi Patel (35) at a critical time of the chase.

It ensured Rainham claimed a third victory of the campaign, which moves them up to sixth on 102 points – only 10 off fourth in the table Old Chelmsfordians.

Hothi added: “They opened up with their leg-spinner and he is probably the best we have faced this season, so Garnet and Ronnie did really well to get through the opening period.

“It was a shame Garnet got out, but Ronnie and Rushi did brilliantly and it was an important innings from Rushi.

“Jon (O’Neill) got out and we could have found ourselves in a tricky position, but Rushi counter-attacked well and it was quite a comfortable win in the end.”

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