Cricket: Gidea Park skipper Jamal Francis ready for familiar foe Belhus in Essex Division One

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 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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Park won promotion from Division Two with Belhus last year

Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis hopes his team’s knowledge of Belhus will help them to success in their Essex Division One clash on Saturday.

Both teams were promoted by Essex Division Two last term and also met on the opening day of the season, when Park were beaten by six wickets at home.

But Francis believes that coming up against a foe they have regularly faced recently could help his team this time around.

“We know Belhus well because we were promoted with them last season and we have played them a lot over the past few years,” said the all-rounder.

“We know we have to bowl well because Belhus have shown this season that they can score big without losing many wickets.

“The focus remains on us, but we know this is a game that we have to win and we know what to expect.”

Park head into the match off the back of a 109-run defeat at home to Billericay last weekend.

After winning the toss, the hosts elected to field, but, despite James Pegram taking 3-23, the visitors were able to reach 286 before being bowled out.

In reply, only opener Kasi Hoq with 47 managed to score more than 30 for Park in reply, with the hosts being bowled out for 177 inside 45 overs.

With Orsett winning, it was a result that saw Park return to the bottom two of the division, much to Francis’ frustration.

“We’re disappointed with the way we played for two-thirds of the game,” he added.

“Early on, we let Billericay’s run rate get too high and though we did well late on with the ball, by then it was too late.

“We were disappointed with the batting too as there were very few partnerships again.

“There were good signs in parts, but overall we were disappointed with how we played for much of the game.”

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