T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Rainham and Jas Hothi left deflated after poor batting showing against Springfield
PUBLISHED: 15:30 23 May 2018
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The newly promoted team had the chance to claim a famous scalp on Saturday, but couldn't chase down 164 and suffered a second loss of 2018
Jas Hothi couldn’t hide his frustration after Rainham failed to chase down a target of 164 in their T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division defeat at home to title challengers Springfield on Saturday.
The Spring Farm Park outfit appeared in the driving seat at the change of innings after the away side were dismissed for 163.
Jim Symonds (51) and Chris Frost (53) had appeared to give Springfield the platform to post a big score, but Bhavik Patel (4-17) and Jon O’Neill (3-21) had other ideas.
It wasn’t the beginning of a famous victory for Rainham though, as only Sid Patel (29) and Ronnie Jackson (27) could produce significant scores for the hosts as they were all out for 105 in the 39th over.
Hothi said: “It was mixed emotions at the weekend. We got an early wicket and then Springfield had two very good batsmen who both got 50 each, they were really impressive, and showed us how to bat on a slow wicket.
“They kept rotating the strike well and picked up the odd boundary and we weren’t able to make the breakthrough for a while.
“Bhavik managed to get both in the same over and they went 128-1 to 163 all out, so we were confident of chasing it, but once again the batting has let us down.”
This is Rainham’s first campaign in the top flight and so far they have shown their class with the ball and in the field.
But with the bat they have now produced scores of 95, 277-6 and 105 and it places them in seventh ahead of Saturday’s trip to eighth in the table Rayleigh.
Rainham’s captain said: “When Springfield were 128-1 we were thinking they would probably score 228 because their batsmen were set and we expected them to go big, but once we got them out we knew it was on for us.
“We needed a good start, but unfortunately I didn’t get us off to the best of starts getting out so early and we were probably too cautious at the top.
“I think we paid them a little bit too much respect because don’t get me wrong their opening bowlers are good, but we left too much to do at the end.
“They are a good team, but we were kicking ourselves after because we can certainly compete at this level.
“We have played Canvey Island and Springfield, who are both near the top, and we haven’t done too badly against them, but now we have a massive game with Rayleigh on Saturday.”
Hothi will hope a batting improvement this weekend can help Rainham register a first win in the Premier Division.