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Essex League: Gidea Park & Romford denied by Woodford Wells

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 May 2018

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Gidea Park & Romford held the upper hand over Woodford Wells as their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One match ended in a draw at Monkhams Lane.

Sam Hewitt of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Sam Hewitt of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Captain Jamal Francis chose to bat after winning the toss, but Mustifa Kamal and Gareth James struck with the new ball to remove both openers and reduce Park to 7-2.

Francis and George Rogers combined in a 144-run stand for the third wicket, with the skipper hitting 12 fours in his run-a-ball 70 before falling to Robert Marshall.

Rogers went on to reach 118 off 149 balls, hitting four sixes and 10 fours and putting on 85 for the fifth wicket with Sam Hewitt.

And Hewitt blasted two sixes and seven fours in a whirlwind 54 off just 31 deliveries to see Park reach 292-7, as Nabel Shaikh (2-41) and Kamal (2-45) nabbed braces for Wells.

Tanveer Shah (44) and Marshall (37) put on 85 for the first wicket in reply, before Sam O’Sullivan dismissed the former.

Marshall was run out soon after and Wells slumped to 98-4 as O’Sulllivan (3-61) and Francis had more success.

Hywel Jones (36) held firm, as Sadiqullah Kamal (3-11) ran through the middle order, before Farzand Shah (30 not out) and Kamal saw the home side to the close on 182-8.

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