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Cricket: Gidea Park & Romford look to get Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One campaign off to winning start at Hutton

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 May 2018

Gidea Park & Romford players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Gidea Park & Romford players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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GPR beat Westcliff by 13 runs in a friendly last weekend

Gidea Park & Romford begin their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division campaign on Saturday with a trip to Hutton.

Park will hope they can get their new season off to a flyer this weekend, and warmed up with a friendly victory at Westcliff last Saturday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, GPR were bowled out for just 141, with new Australian Sam O’Sullivan top scoring 25 batting at nine.

Defending such a low total, Park needed to impress with the ball and did, skittling their hosts out for just 128 to seal a 13-run win.

Sam Hewitt was the tormentor-in-chief, with the Park bowler ending the innings with figures of 5-18.

The win will have given Park a boost ahead of the start of the league campaign, but they know there is a need for a batting improvement if they are to triumph on their trip to Hutton this Saturday.

Hutton lost by six wickets to Premier Division side Ilford in the Essex League Cup, after Chris Steinberg (29) top scored in their modest 155.

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