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Francis admits Gidea Park were outplayed by Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 August 2018

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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GPR suffered a 174-run loss at home in the league on Saturday

Jamal Francis admits Gidea Park & Romford were outplayed by Buckhurst Hill in all areas of the game in a 174-run defeat in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One.

After losing the toss, Park were put into the field and, despite Harry Phillips taking 3-26, saw the visitors declare on 239-7.

GPR’s reply was disastrous to say the least with their best partnership a 15-run stand for the ninth wicket between top scorer Sam O’Sullivan (15) and Phillips (13).

Park were eventually all out for 65 as they succumbed to a heavy defeat against the promotion hopefuls.

And Francis says GPR were second best in all aspects of the game against Buckhurst Hill on Saturday.

“It was a terrible result for us on all fronts and Buckhurst Hill outclassed us in all areas,” admitted Francis.

“From ball one, they put us on the back foot. We thought we were in a decent position chasing 240 on a good batting wicket, but we made a poor start in reply and never recovered.”

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