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Essex Division Two: Gidea Park & Romford cricket club aided by settled look ahead of Basildon fixture

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 May 2016

Jamal Francis in bowling action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jamal Francis in bowling action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain Francis believes a regular 11 is behind good beginning to season

Skipper Jamal Francis believes a more settled team at Gidea Park & Romford is behind their solid start to the Essex League Division Two campaign.

Park currently sit fourth in the standings with two wins from their opening three games ahead of visiting Old Southendian tomorrow (Saturday).

At the start of last season, Park took time to get going with former captain Chris Collier stepping down from the role.

The club eventually recovered to finish in a mid-table position, but this year has seen the club name almost the same XI for each fixture, something that pleases Francis.

“Everyone knows their roles now, which is a big difference from last season,” he said.

“It definitely helps me as captain too, it means I can focus on my game more rather than having to worry about other things during a game.”

Two of the stars for Park so far this summer have been Shawn Findlay and Zisan Abedin, who have both impressed with bat and ball.

But Francis believes there are other members of the team who are equally deserving of the credit for Park’s bright start.

“Shawn’s a lot more settled this year and has his head down, but even Adam McKie is doing well and richly deserved his half century at Wickford a couple of weeks ago,” he added.

“Everyone has bought into what we want to do here this season and their strengths are coming to the fore.

“Southendian will be tough opposition, but we will be going out trying to play our best.”

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