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Gidea must work while Green need spark

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 June 2015

Gidea Park & Romford's Jamal Francis hits out at Billericay (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gidea Park & Romford's Jamal Francis hits out at Billericay (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Gidea Park and Ardleigh Green continue their Division Two campaigns this weekend

Chris Cook in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Chris Cook in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jamal Francis says Gidea Park & Romford are itching to set the record straight against Division Two rivals Wickford tomorrow (Saturday).

Park head into the home fixture following a 113-run loss to Fives & Heronians where they were left to rue their misfortune in the field after dropping catches early on as the hosts raced to 275-8.

Francis had been confident ahead of that match of securing successive victories for the first time this year, but he knows the team can get back on the winning trail this weekend.

“It’s a long season ahead of us and there’s stuff that we have to work on in training,” said Francis.

“We know we need consistency to move up the table, but we’ve got a few guys back this weekend so hopefully we can start having a consistent team until the end of the season.

“Then it’s just a case of finding the right formula and knowing what we need to do on the pitch.”

Francis will also be keen for the team to make a better start with the bat against Wickford than they did in chasing down Fives’ big score last weekend.

Park lost wickets at regular intervals and at one stage found themselves 97-7 before they were eventually dismissed for 162, to Francis’ annoyance.

“We made a slow start with the bat. We knew we had to keep wickets in hand if we were to have any chance of winning. That didn’t happen,” he added.

“A few of they guys batted sensibly, but Fives were good in the field and made sure every catch stuck.

“A few of the guys were also disappointed with the way they got out by playing a loose shot after getting themselves in. We just need to go again this weekend.”

Francis and his men may only have won once in the league this year, but that is still more than Ardleigh Green who go in search of a first triumph again this weekend.

Chris Cook’s team have had a few troubles with the bat in recent weeks, but hope their signing of Indian overseas player Sandeep Adlakha can provide a much need spark.

Green travel to Billericay tomorrow and Cook believes the wicket can provide their batting line-up with a much need confidence boost.

“It’s always been a nice, flat wicket there, so we should be able to get some runs on the board,” he said.

“We do need to get runs on the board because we can’t be expecting our bowlers to defend low scores.”

Green were dismissed for just 84 by Horndon last weekend, with Cook getting 52 of them, but hovering around the drop zone, it’s not jus truns they need – it’s points too.


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