Cricket: Captain Jamal Francis says Gidea Park face another ‘must-win’ game in Essex Division One against South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 July 2017

Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bottom two in league to meet on Saturday

Gidea Park skipper Jamal Francis says his side face another must-win clash in Essex Division One this weekend when they host relegation rivals South Woodford.

Heading into the weekend’s clash, the pair are currently sat in the relegation zone, though Park are just six points adrift of safety.

Prior to last Saturday’s win over Belhus, Francis had said that game was vitally important for his team to triumph in.

And it seems the message is the same this weekend as Park look to give their survival hopes a boost by beating bottom-club South Woodford.

“It’s important for us not to panic about where we are and after the win last weekend, we’re looking to build some momentum,” he said.

“We’re happy with how we played last weekend, but we know that win counts for nothing if we go down.

“We said that the Belhus game was a must-win and the same goes for this weekend against South Woodford.

“We played well against them at their place, so at home we’re looking to do similar and register a win.”

In the three-wicket win over Belhus last weekend, Park were aided by another half-century from opener Kasi Hoq.

The Park batsman has four half-centuries in his 10 league innings so far this term, but has yet to go on to reach triple figures.

His form this term has still been impressive for Park, with Francis knowing how important it is to have someone batting well at the top of a line-up.

And he was also keen to praise Hoq’s fellow opener Zisan Abedin for his work with the bat so far this season.

“Both of our openers have done well this year and their application has been superb,” he added.

“The reason why perhaps they haven’t gone on to get a century is that they probably haven’t had the partners to let them focus on their natural games.”

The weather could put paid to Gidea Park’s hopes of earning another vital win in Essex Division One this weekend, with a rain currently forecasted for the south east.

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