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Francis: Can't fault effort

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 June 2015

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford CC (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford CC (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Gidea Park fall to third loss of the year at home to Fives

Gidea Park & Romford saw their hopes of back-to-back wins in the league for the first time thwarted by Fives & Heronians in a 113-run loss, leaving Jamal Francis distraught.

The hosts elected to put Fives into bat but the visitors raced their way to 275-8, the highest score achieved by a team in Division Two this season.

GPR batted valiantly in reply but were bowled out for 162, seeing them take only five bonus points from the match but Francis was in a reflective mood.

“It’s a disappointing result. We always knew Fives were going to be a strong team because we remembered how good they were when we played them last year,” said the Park skipper.

“I can’t fault the effort of the lads but some things just didn’t go our way early on. We dropped a couple of catches in the field and that’s something we need to put right quickly.”

GPR were frustrated in the opening exchanges of the match by a 91-run partnership for the first wicket between Pete Kilpatrick (77) and Terry Ballard (57).

It gave the visitors the perfect platform to chase a big total and Francis admits it was always going to be tough for his side after Fives started so well.

“We started bowling one or two over spells because we knew we had to break that stand,” said the Park captain.

“After they went and knowing they would attack with wickets in hand, we tried to contain them. At the end of the innings we were able to pull them back a bit, which was pleasing.”

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