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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi wants Rainham to learn from champions Bentley after loss

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 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 Premier Division new boys enjoyed some good moments at Coxtie Green Road, but fell short against the current leaders

Rainham captain Jas Hothi in batting action at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).Rainham captain Jas Hothi in batting action at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Rainham captain Jas Hothi admitted his team were not too down after Saturday’s loss to T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division champions Bentley, but did reveal lessons will be learned from the defeat.

The Spring Farm Park club visited the early season leaders full of belief and hoping to cause an upset, but struggled against the experienced hosts.

Jon O’Neill’s 58 could only help Rainham reach 175 before they were dismissed and Bentley chased it down with six wickets in hand to secure another win.

Hothi said: “We are not too disheartened with the result to be honest. We know what we did wrong and credit to them as well because they have been champions for the last three years.

“After the game we were all pretty open in the changing room and we said we need to learn from them.

“We made so many basic mistakes and I am sure we will take a lot from this experience and it will help us in the long run.”

Some of the errors Rainham made were giving away cheap wickets when they were on the verge of a big score.

Bentley started impressively at Coxtie Green Road and had the visitors 14-2, but O’Neill steadied the ship.

Rainham all-rounder Jon O'Neill walks off after being dismissed at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).Rainham all-rounder Jon O'Neill walks off after being dismissed at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Once he went, Rushi Patel (28) and Biren Patel (38) tried to keep the flow of runs going, but the champions took their chances and dismissed Rainham for 175.

The visiting captain added: “Our batting display was all about momentum. One minute they were on top and then we got going and we were batting nicely and then we lost Jono.

“After Jono went, Rishi and Sid batted really well and we thought we were going to get 225 and unfortunately they both got dismissed back-to-back.

“Charlie Puncher and Biren led the recovery and then they got out together, so it was a bit of a see-saw innings and a tame finish in the end.

“Full credit to Bentley, their bowlers made us work hard for every single run and didn’t give us many extras. I can’t remember too many wides or no-balls, so they definitely made it tough.”

After making it difficult in the field, the Coxtie Green Road club showed their class with the bat.

Biren Patel’s 3-39 threatened to give Rainham a chance as Bentley were reduced to 68-3, but the home side regrouped and Chris Walker (41) and Ash Parmenter (39) saw them across the line with 17 overs to spare.

“Unfortunately with the ball we couldn’t be quite as consistent as them and that is why they are champions,” said Hothi.

“They punished anything loose and the extras we were giving away didn’t help, so we weren’t disciplined in that area enough.

“Biren got us back in the game with two quick wickets and we went attacking to try and bowl them out as we couldn’t really think about restricting them and it wasn’t to be, but we are a young team and I’m sure we’ll learn from this defeat.”

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