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Gidea Park bid to get the better of bottom-club Woodford Wells

PUBLISHED: 14:33 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:06 26 July 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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Park beaten by 138 runs at Upminster last weekend

Gidea Park & Romford will want to avoid losing for a third straight game in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One on Saturday when they welcome struggling Woodford Wells on Saturday.

Park lost by 138 runs at borough rivals Upminster last time out, which followed a 28-run loss at home to leaders Hutton the week before.

The recent run of losses has seen Park slip back to just five points above the bottom two, though Jamal Francis’ men do sit in seventh aplce.

Against Upminster last weekend, Park will have been disappointed not to complete the double over their Havering rivals after winning the previous meeting between the sides in May.

After losing the toss at Upminster Park, the visitors were put into the field as the hosts looked to make the most of favourable batting conditions.

However, Aditya Kumar continued his impressive summer for Park by taking 5-32 to check Upminster’s progress.

The hosts, though, were still able to close their innings on 241-9 after opener Shahbaz Butt top scored with 62.

Park suffered a poor start in reply when openers Callum Poultney and George Rogers fell quickly early on to leave them 21-2.

Harry Phillips and skipper Francis looked to have steadied the ship, but their partnership was broken after 48 runs with the former departing for 33.

From there, things went downhill and fast as Park were all out for a measly 103 in reply as the visitors took just four points for their efforts.

Francis will hope his men can rebound on Saturday when they welcome a Wells side currently rooted to the foot of the standings after a difficult run.

When the sides met in May, the match at Monkhams Lane ended in a draw despite a strong all-round performance from Park.

George Rogers top scored with 118 for Park as they closed on 292-7 and that looked to be enough to win, only for them to fail to get the final Wells wicket.

However, a similarly strong display this weekend should be enough to see Park collect a win in the return.

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