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Cricket: Gidea Park & Romford survive despite loss

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 September 2018

Jamal Francis in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jamal Francis in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Gidea Park & Romford avoided relegation from Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One despite a final-day defeat at Colchester.

The hosts chose to bat first at Castle Park, but Sam Hewitt struck with the new ball with the total on 29.

Captain Jamal Francis (2-62) weighed in with a brace, before Aditya Kumar dismissed opener Joe MacGregor for 86 to leave Colchester 148-4.

Adam McKie, Kumar (4-73) and Australian Sam O’Sullivan (2-38) combined as seven wickets fell for 69 runs and Colchester were all out for 217.

But Park’s batsmen struggled in reply, with only Francis making it into double figures.

The visitors were soon in trouble at 11-3, then 43-5, with wickets continuing to fall at regular intervals as Francis held firm.

The skipper hit 11 fours in his 63 off 68 balls, before he was ninth man out with Park’s total on 99.

McKie was last man out soon after as Park were beaten by 117 runs, but finished six points clear of the bottom two as Hainault & Clayhall and Orsett were relegated to Division Two.

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