T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Rainham and Jas Hothi have a lot of respect for title challengers Springfield
PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 May 2018
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The newly promoted side face a huge task this weekend up against an experienced team which won the top flight in 2012 and 2014
Rainham captain Jas Hothi paid tribute to T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division outfit Springfield ahead of Saturday’s encounter at Spring Farm Park.
The two clubs are at opposite ends of the scale with the hosts playing just their third match in the top flight after promotion in 2017.
Springfield, in contrast, will be looking to win the title this year after finishing runners-up in the past three seasons having been champions in 2014 and 2012.
After facing an experienced Premier Division side in the form of Goresbrook last weekend, the Rainham captain Hothi said: “It doesn’t get any easier for us, but we are really looking forward to playing Springfield.
“We have been playing their twos in recent years, so we have been up against a couple of their first-teamers when they’ve dropped down to Division One in the past.
“Springfield are a class outfit though and they have been runners-up for the last three years, so I’m sure they will want to try and get the title off Bentley.
“Bentley have made a great start, so Springfield will be looking to make up for lost time against us.”
What will be key to Rainham’s hopes of pulling off a surprise at the weekend is how they bat at Spring Farm Park.
Last weekend Hothi’s men hit 277-6 from their 45 overs away to Goresbrook with Ronnie Jackson top scoring with 83.
Jon O’Neill smashed 58 as well, but Rainham’s batting display was in complete contrast to their efforts on the opening day when they failed to chase 106 at home to Canvey Island.
Hothi added: “We were gutted about the Canvey game. We are still not sure how we lost because we were 70-4, so it was a real disappointment to be 97 all out.
“But after the way we batted at Goresbrook and our bowling effort in the Canvey match, we now need to put the two together and if we do I’m sure we will compete against Springfield.
“If we can get things going with the bat and ball I think we can do alright in the league this season.”
After smashing 277 on Saturday, Rainham saw their hopes of a win ended by the wet weather as the game had to be abandoned before Goresbrook had got the chance to start their chase.
Yet with the sun set to be out this weekend, Hothi will hope his young team can push Springfield all the way.