T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi issues rallying cry to Rainham ahead of big early season fixture at Rayleigh
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 May 2018
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The new boys have yet to taste success in the top flight since promotion, but have produced a number of strong performances to date
Rainham captain Jas Hothi feels his team are one win away from getting into their stride after a tough opening three weeks in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division.
The opening batsmen is hoping a first league success of 2018 will occur on Saturday when they visit eighth in the table Rayleigh.
After three games without a win, despite numerous spirited displays, Rainham are aiming to show they belong in the top flight this weekend.
“We are certainly not out of our depth, we know that, but we have just got to put in a performance and everyone is looking forward to Saturday,” said Hothi.
“It is a big game and as captain I need to step up and we need our senior players to step up too, but I feel we’re only one win away from getting out confidence back so hopefully we get it at Rayleigh.”
Rainham’s three games in the Premier Division so far have not been all bad as Hothi’s men have produced a couple of fine bowling displays at home.
The Spring Farm Park club were able to dismiss Springfield, second in the table, for 163 last weekend having also bowled out third-placed Canvey Island for only 105 on the opener day.
Batting let them down on both occasions, however, as Rainham were dismissed for only 105 on Saturday and just 97 on May 5.
Hothi’s team did fire with the bat at Goresbrook though, as they scored 277-6 on May 12, but rain saw the fixture abandoned.
After showing they can both bat and bowl in the top flight, the Rainham skipper now wants them to put it together away to fellow strugglers Rayleigh.
Hothi added: “We are frustrated at the moment because we know we can do better and we know we are not out of our depth.
“We have showed our quality with the ball and in the field and we showed it with our batting against Goresbrook, but it is at home where we have struggled.
“Hopefully the bat and ball can come together soon and then we show we are a good team and one which is hard to beat.”
After struggling at Spring Farm Park with the bat, Rainham will hope to enjoy Rayleigh’s surface on Saturday.
“I am sure their outfield is a lot quicker than ours, so I reckon our batsmen will enjoy playing on a better pitch,” said Hothi.
“We proved against Goresbrook what we can do when we play on a good surface, but we are desperate for the first win.
“It is a big game and it will be tense. I am sure both sides will be eager to put runs on the board rather than chase, so that will be key and hopefully we can deliver.”