Hothi keen for Rainham not to slip up after superb win at leaders Springfield
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 July 2018
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The Spring Farm Park club host lowly Rayleigh this weekend eager to pick up another victory
Rainham are still on clould nine after a sensational victory away to T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division leaders Springfield last weekend.
Jas Hothi’s team made the trip to the previously unbeaten side full of belief and talked the talk after dismissing the hosts for 200 in pursuit of their score of 247-7.
It was a fantastic win, but now is the time for focus according to the captain ahead of entertaining eight-placed Rayleigh at Spring Farm Park this weekend.
“We are still a young team and do believe in ourselves and we really wanted to try and get a win against one of Springfield or Bentley this season,” said Hothi.
“To be able to achieve that was brilliant, but we start all over again on Saturday and want to back it up against Rayleigh.
“We want to make it back-to-back wins and know we have to perform well if we are to have a chance of doing that.
“The league is still tight, there are six games to go and we want to win as many as possible and finish as high as we can.”
Rainham’s triumph failed to move them up from fourth place, but they are only seven points off third in the table Goresbrook.
Hothi’s challenge to his young, improving side will be to try and be the best club in the division outside of Springfield and the current title holders Bentley.
Last weekend, they showed they have what it takes to beat one of the top-two with a fine display in all departments at Coronation Park in the basking sunshine.
Batting first, Ronnie Jackson scored a brilliant hundred as he put on a huge partnership with Garnet Shallow (85).
Jon O’Neill (31) produced some fireworks at the end with the bat and then delivered with the ball on his way to figures of 4-44.
Chasing 248 to win, Springfield tried to recover from 53-3, but the economical bowling of spin-twins Biren and Bhavik Patel reduced the flow of runs.
As more pressure built up, the visitors continued to pick up wickets and eventually dismissed Springfield for 200.
It gave Hothi’s team a superb win, but he said: “No one will be resting on their laurels and we are without Ronnie this week, so we need someone else to step up.
“We had a close game with Rayleigh before and we know they are a good side, but hopefully we can perform well again and pick up another win.”