Francis anticipates tough challenge for Gidea Park against Hainault

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 June 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 head into game off back of 37-run victory at Buckhurst Hill last weekend

Gidea Park & Romford skipper Jamal Francis is expecting a tough match at home to Hainault & Clayhall on Saturday, despite the visitors currently sitting in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One relegation zone.

With six games gone this term, Hainault sit ninth with just one win to their name so far, while Park sit fifth.

However, just 15 points separate the sides ahead of the weekend, and Francis knows the visitors are more than capable of asking plenty of questions of the GPR squad.

“We came up against Hainault a few seasons back when were both in Division Two and those games were tough,” he said.

“You look at the Hainault team and they have some really experienced players in their squad.

“As I’ve said before, all teams in this league are of a similar quality, which means you can’t go into any game being complacent.

“Hainault have shown they’re a good team on their day, but equally so have we if we do our jobs.

“Our seconds played at home last weekend and there was plenty of runs in the pitch, so that bodes well for playing a 50-over game this weekend.”

Last weekend saw Park end a three-game winless run in the division by beating Buckhurst Hill by 37 runs.

GPR were indebted to a good all-round bowling display, with the wickets shared around, though Sadiqullah Kamal did take 4-24.

Even with the bat, plenty contributed to a good score for Park, and Francis is pleased all members of the team were able to contribute.

“It’s important to let everyone know they have a job to do for us, either with the bat, the ball or in the field.

“Everything that everyone does counts massively towards us getting a positive result.

“Against Buckhurst Hill, the half-chances went our way as well, which always helps, but it was good that everyone was able to contribute in some way.”

Francis will hope everyone picked to play at home to Hainault in the league on Saturday can play their part in another victory.

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