Cricket: Gidea Park & Romford win boosts survival bid

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 September 2018

Russ Collard in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Russ Collard in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Gidea Park & Romford gave themselves a chance of survival in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One with a 27-run win over bottom club Orsett.

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

Having dropped into the relegation zone following defeat against fellow strugglers Hainault & Clayhall a week earlier, Park captain Jamal Francis chose to bat first after winning the toss and saw stalwart Russell Collard put on 122 for the first wicket with young Australian Sam O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan hit 10 fours in his 68 from 103 balls, while Harry Phillips lent further support with 35 off 34 balls, including five fours, in a 64-run stand with Collard.

The veteran Collard, who captained Park to the Premier Division title in the early part of the 21st century, hit 12 fours on his way to 101 off 149 deliveries as the home side eventually closed on 227-4.

And Sam Hewitt made early inroads with the ball in Orsett’s reply, along with skipper Francis, as the visitors slumped to 16-3.

O’Sullivan got in on the act to claim the fourth wicket, before Aditya Kumar also struck to make it 97-5.

Orsett captain Kirk Laws put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Agha Tahir, who was dismissed by Francis, and hit 12 fours in his 78 off 88 balls.

But Laws was bowled by Hewitt, who struck again to complete a 4-31 haul, before Francis (4-65) claimed the final two wickets to seal an important victory for his side.


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