Essex Division Two: Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis wants ‘matured display’ against Harlow Town

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 July 2016

Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis in bowling action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Gidea Park captain Jamal Francis in bowling action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Park captain hopes side can keep their heads better this weekend

Skipper Jamal Francis has urged Gidea Park & Romford to produce a more mature display as they visit Harlow Town this weekend.

Park fell agonisingly short of victory against Leigh last time out, losing by two runs having been set a revised target in a rain-affected clash.

The visitors were dismissed with more than 11 overs left in their innings in that game, and the result could prove costly come the end of the season.

As a result, Park remain third in Essex League Division Two heading into their trip to Harlow Town tomorrow (Saturday).

But Francis wants the team to be able to keep their heads should there be another tense finish to the match.

“I think against Leigh, we showed a little inexperience and made some bad decisions,” said the skipper, who donned the gloves in the absence of regular wicket-keeper Kasi Hoq.

“We had time on our side, but some of us threw our wickets away. At the end, there may have been a bit of complacency and we’re kicking ourselves now.”

When Park met Harlow Town on the first day of the season, it was Hoq who shone brightest in a seven-wicket win, top scoring with an unbeaten 66.

Unfortunately, Hoq will be absent once again this weekend, though Francis remains upbeat, knowing it hands other members of the Park squad a chance.

“We have a quality batting line-up at the top of the order, but we want to show that we’re not reliant on a few players,” added Francis, who has been in good form with the bat himself this seasno.

“We have to bat as a team and we will be working on a plan in training as to how to get the runs on the board.

“Harlow Town showed their quality by beating Oakfield Parkonians (who are second) last weekend so we know we have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

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