T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi pleased to see Rainham make it back-to-back wins despite initial batting collapse
PUBLISHED: 15:30 06 June 2018
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The captain praised the contributions of Daniel Skipper (28*) and Bhavik Patel (5-20) after their victory at home to Rettendon on Saturday
Jas Hothi was happy to see Rainham come through and secure a second victory in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division by beating Rettendon by five wickets on Saturday despite making life difficult for themselves.
Bhavik Patel’s 5-20 helped dismiss the away side for only 84 and it left the Spring Farm Park club with what appeared a relatively easy chase.
Rettendon had other ideas, though as Sid Patel, Garnet Shallow, Charlie Puncher and Ronnie Jackson went fairly early to leave Rainham on 24-4.
Fortunately for them Hothi stood firm and found a good ally in Dan Skipper, who ended unbeaten on 28 to see them home.
The captain said: “We did speak about following up the Rayleigh win with another against Rettendon because they are another team in and around us.
“We wanted to try and get another victory under our belt before we went to Bentley, so were pleased with the result.
“Of course Rainham being Rainham, we made things difficult for ourselves, but it was a very good win.”
It was the bowling of Bhavik Patel which initially handed the hosts an advantage on Saturday and they never looked back.
Hothi added: “Bhavik’s league form is unreal and he just ties batsmen up and they struggle to score and eventually he bowls a ball with their name on it. He has been bowling beautifully for a while now.”
After watching Rettendon battle against the odds on the Spring Farm Park pitch, the Rainham captain decided to change their batting line-up for the chase.
He hoped an attacking approach would pay dividends, but it didn’t and in the end he had to play patiently to virtually get them over the line before he went for 20.
Skipper remained there until the end and earned praise from Rainham’s skipper, he added: “At tea time we had a chat and I decided to change the batting order because I knew the pitch was so difficult to score on.
“We tried to be positive and went with two attacking batsmen up front, so we opened up with Sid and Charlie Puncher.
“Unfortunately we lost Sid early and Garnet too, but Puncher batted well and got about 14 and then we lost Ronnie too, so I walked in at 25-4.
“At that stage it was just about quietening them down and seeing the opener bowlers off and then we knew we could start building a partnership from there.
“I was pleased for Dan Skipper because he has worked in the twos this season and come up to us and taken his chance.
“Dan got 28 not out and I got 20, but on any other ground it would have been around 40 or 50 for both of us.
“It is unbelievable over Spring Farm right now. The outfield is so long and there were four fours the whole game.”
Rainham’s second consecutive victory places them fifth in the Premier Division after five fixtures this season.