T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi warns Rainham not to underestimate Brookweald

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 June 2018

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).

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The top flight new boys entertain the basement side of the division, but they have been told not to take them lightly

Jas Hothi has urged Rainham to knuckle down and enjoy some home advantage on Saturday in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division.

The Spring Farm Park club host Brookweald this weekend with their opponents bottom on zero points after a 40-point deduction.

Although they are currently in the relegation places, Rainham will not take Saturday’s visitors lightly and will aim to get back on track after losing at defending champions Bentley last time out.

Hothi said: “There were a lot of runs at Spring Farm Park at the weekend because the seconds got over 200 and on Sunday we had Benfleet and they hit a similar score, so the ground seems to be getting looked after more recently.

“The outfield is not as short as we would like still, but it has been like that for the whole season so we need to get used to it.

“We know what we need to do and that is to knuckle down and try to get a victory on Saturday.”

Rainham produced a battling display at Bentley last weekend, but fell to a six-wicket loss at Coxtie Green.

Hothi’s men could only score 175, mainly thanks to 58 from Jon O’Neill, and although Biren Patel took 3-39 with the ball, the hosts got home with plenty of overs to spare.

After a frustrating defeat, the Rainham players had an honest discussion in the changing room afterwards and know where they must improve.

The captain added: “I think ‘Jono’ summed it up well after the game when he said Bentley didn’t have to work too hard for their wickets – we gifted them our wickets – whereas we had to work really hard just to get four.

“It stuck in our heads after, so it is a message we must remember now going forward.”

The Spring Farm Park club will aim to show what lessons they learned last weekend when they host Brookweald.

While the visitors are bottom, they did defeat Aythorpe Roding earlier this month to show their potential and Hothi said: “They are only in that position because they have been docked points.

“We know they are a dangerous team. We’ve played them before and if their batting unit click, they can post a big score, so we know what to expect on Saturday.

“I’m sure the boys will be switched on from ball one because if we are not bowling well, we know the ball can travel, so we will be right up for it.”

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