T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi and Rainham out to show they can handle life with big boys

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 May 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)


The Spring Farm Park club have gone from strength to strength since 2011, but are not content with standing still in the top flight

Jas Hothi is hoping Rainham can pull off a few surprises this season in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division, but are definitely not just there to make up the numbers.

It has been a remarkable few years for the Spring Farm Park club and it culminated in promotion to the top flight in 2017.

Back in 2011 Rainham were in Division Five, but after five promotions, they are now a Premier team and yet Hothi is not finished there.

He said: “We’ve been trying to reach this level for a long time, so it was nice to actually manage it last season.

“I remember when we started out back in Division Five, so it has been a fantastic journey, but we don’t want to be in the Premier Division for a short while.

“We want to stay there and then eventually try to win it in a few years time.”

First things first, Rainham will aim to consolidate this season and adjust to the high level of cricket played in the Premier Division.

While Hothi is fully aware of the challenge at hand, he is hoping his young improving team can surprise a few of the big clubs in 2018.

He admitted: “I just want us to go out there and enjoy it.

“We are a young squad and we are enthusiastic anyway, so we’ll just try to do our best, but I do think we will surprise a few teams.

“They won’t know too much about us, but we know all about them, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage this season.”

Rainham’s confidence is understandable given their success over the last couple of years, but Hothi knows it will only take them so far.

After targeting a place in the Premier Division for such a long time, they must now show they belong there.

“We have been talking about playing at a higher level for years, but now we need to make sure we don’t only talk the talk, but walk the walk,” insisted Hothi.

Rainham warmed up for the new campaign with a trip to the seaside and the team bonding trip has increased the optimism in the camp.

“We went to Brighton for a mini pre-season tour, so that was good and a lot of fun,” said Hothi. “We are all back in the grove now and ready to show what we can do.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

The Crow Lane club needed a last-gasp try to salvage a point on the road, but they felt they deserved more


Though a centre-back by trade, defender played at left-back for Daggers in draw against Halifax Town


Turnovers proved costly for Leopards as Solent Kestrels reached the National Cup final with an 81-70 victory at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday.


Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton paid tribute to some of his key players following another four-point weekend in National League Division One.


Havering ’90 Jogger members turned into Santa Claus for a festive run in aid of St Francis Hospice Santathon on Sunday.

Bostik Premier Division: AFC Hornchurch 0 Potters Bar Town 1

Yesterday, 17:00

Everyone Active Raiders forward JJ Pitchley praised his team-mates following their second successive four-point weekend in National League Division One.

Yesterday, 16:00

Essex club had won four in a row prior to Saturday’s game, compared to Shaymen’s solitary league victory in 14 matches


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now