T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Rainham seek to build some momentum after registering first win of 2018
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 June 2018
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After edging past Rayleigh last weekend, Jas Hothi wants more success back at their Spring Farm Park home on Saturday
Jas Hothi wants Rainham to use the momentum of their maiden win in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division to get on a lengthy run of good form.
The Spring Farm Park club beat Rayleigh by 17 runs last weekend to get off the mark in the top flight at the fourth time of asking.
Rainham are back at home this Saturday and entertain mid-table club Rettendon looking to make it back-to-back victories.
“We have lost our last two on home soil when normally we have been good at Spring Farm Park, so we need to get the winning feeling back at home,” said Hothi.
“I want us to push on because we go to Bentley the following weekend and we are all excited about the prospect of facing them.
“We know we can compete at this level, so we just want to try and carry the momentum on now we have got our first victory.”
Although Hothi was delighted with the win at Rayleigh, he was honest enough to admit they need to improve in certain areas.
Rainham were 16-3 at the start of their innings, but Hothi (35) and Jon O’Neill (54) rebuilt in the middle overs and key knocks from Rushi Patel (29) and Nikhil Patel (33) saw them post 219-9.
It was just about enough in the end as Biren Patel’s late spell of 3-40 helped dismiss Rayleigh for 202 in the penultimate over.
Ahead of hosting Rettendon, Hothi added: “There is a lot to improve when it comes to our performance because we didn’t field particularly good or bat very well at the top of the order.
“Come Saturday we need to put it all together. Slowly it does seem the batting is starting to click and we know we are a good bowling team, so I think we can defend most totals.
“It is all about making sure we get the batting right and I feel we are getting there and I am sure we will put in a good performance this Saturday.”
Rainham will look for better in the field and at the top of the order this weekend, but there will be a weight off their shoulders.
After producing two spirited performances in defeats at home to Canvey Island and Springfield, and during an abandoned clash at Goresbrook, they finally got over the line in the Premier Division.
Hothi said: “It was a relief and I wasn’t even too excited after the game, I was just drained both physically and mentally.
“It turned so much. One minute we were on top and then Rayleigh were on top, so it was a see-saw match, but we were delighted.”