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Francis has faith GPR can shock Colchester

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 July 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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Park were beaten by 55 runs at Orsett & Thurrock last weekend

Gidea Park & Romford captain Jamal Francis believes his team can shock Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One promotion hopefuls Colchester & East Essex on Saturday.

Park welcome Colchester this weekend, with the visitors currently second in the standings.

GPR, meanwhile, are seventh in the standings and just seven points above the drop zone, but Francis has faith his side can upset the form book on Saturday.

“The good thing is that when we’ve not been getting the points recently, neither have the teams around us,” he said.

“That’s made it quite an interesting league so far and Colchester have made a good start after relegation last year.

“After last weekend, we’re looking for a good display at home and hopefully we can be firing this weekend.”

Away to Orsett & Thurrock last weekend, Park suffered a 55-run defeat despite a decent display with the ball from Sam Sullivan.

The GPR bowler took 3-45 as the visitors restricted Orsett to 291-8 from their 50 overs, and Francis was pleased with what he saw from Sullivan.

“Sam was great with the new ball and did well in his second spell as well,” added Francis.

“He’s used to the hot conditions and contributed to a good bowling display from us on the whole.

“We bowled in the right areas, but their batters played well and we missed chances to get some of them out a little earlier.”

With the bat, Park were all out for 236, though Aditya Kumar did contribute a brilliant 85.

And Francis was delighted with Kumar’s batting performance, a week on from shining with the ball.

“Aditya played a good innings and he showed confidence in believing in his technique,” he said.

“He’s worked hard to get that spot in the middle order and has shown he is more than capable of playing there.

“He plays unorthodox shots, but he always keeps the scoreboard ticking over with ones and twos as well.

“He will have learnt a lot from that innings, and so will we as a team about what Aditya can do.”

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