Essex Division Two: Gidea Park remain without skipper Jamal Francis for trip to Horndon

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 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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Rogers likely to stand in for promotion chasers once again

Gidea Park will be without captain Jamal Francis again when they visit Horndon in Essex Division Two this weekend, but stand-in George Rogers is confident the team will cope.

Francis missed the victory at home to Wickford last time out, with the hosts winning by eight wickets.

Shawn Findlay, so impressive with the bat this year, showed his all-round ability by taking 3-32 as Wickford were bowled out for 138.

James Pegram top scored in reply for Park, opening with 54 off 53 balls as the hosts cruised to success inside 27 overs.

And Rogers is confident the team can secure another big win at a Horndon side whose recent form has been patchy at best.

“Jamal is absent again and while it is a blow, it gives some-
one else the chance to stake a claim to start for the rest of the season,” said Rogers.

Ahead of the weekend, Park are holding steady in third, just 10 points behind Oakfield Parkonians who are second.

But Rogers knows Park can overhaul that deficit, as long as there are able to keep stringing victories together.

“Our early season form has put us in with a chance of promotion, so we have to keep winning to let those above us know we’re still there.

“We’ve always had interesting matches with Horndon and we know any result is possible.”

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