Cricket: Jamal Francis believes Gidea Park & Romford can get another win in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One at Woodford Wells

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 May 2018

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

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

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GPR beat Upminster by 70 runs last time out

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Gidea Park & Romford skipper Jamal Francis is craving a second successive win in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One when they visit Woodford Wells on Saturday.

Last Saturday saw GPR record their opening league win of the season as they beat Havering rivals Upminster by 70 runs.

That result will have given Park ahead of their trip to Wells this weekend, and Francis is confident his team can now string a run of good results together.

“We want to generate some momentum and we’ve said all along that we want to get a good points total on the board early on this season,” he said.

“We’re not looking at any game in the league this season against any opposition thinking we’re going to lose it.

“That said, we had two tough games against Wells last season, but we’re hoping to carry on from last week and get another win.”

Against Upminster last weekend, both Francis (51) and Sam Hewitt (76 not out) hit half-centuries for the hosts as they made 206-8 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

While Francis would have been happy with his own contributions, Hewitt took top billing with his unbeaten knock.

Hewitt had impressed with the ball already this season with one five-wicket haul in the league already, and Francis was pleased the all-rounder batted well against Upminster.

“Sam was in good form on Saturday. He looked confident throughout his innings,” added the Park skipper.

“It was a mature knock from Sam and it helped us to what we felt was a good total, which gave us the platform we needed.”

With the ball, Sam O’Sullivan did most of the damage, finishing with figures of 4-40 as Upminster were dismissed for 136 in reply.

It was O’Sullivan’s best bowling display in the league so far this season, but Francis believes the best is yet to come.

“Sam is still adjusting to conditions, but he seemed to find some good form against Wells,” said the captain.

“It was only a matter of time before he got among the wickets and hopefully he can continue that in the coming weeks.”

If Hewitt can impress with the bat again and O’Sullivan does the business with the ball once more, Park have every chance of beating Wells and generating more momentum.


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