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Francis wants improved display from Gidea Park at Orsett

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 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 beaten by 11 runs at home to Hainault last weekend

Jamal Francis knows Gidea Park & Romford must improve if they are to win at Orsett & Thurrock and move away from the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One relegation zone.

Park suffered an 11-run defeat at home to Hainault & Clayhall last weekend, meaning they have won just two of their opening seven games this term.

GPR head into this weekend’s round of fixtures eighth in the standings, though are just four points clear of the bottom two.

And skipper Francis is keen for the side to start collecting more wins in order to steer clear of another fight to remain in Division One.

“Our seconds play at their ground recently, so we know what to expect with regards to the wicket at Orsett,” he said.

“In this league, we’ve played all of the teams in the past couple of years, so there are no surprises for us anymore.

“We have to knuckle down and keep working hard in order to avoid being dragged into a fight we don’t want to be in.”

Against Hainault last weekend, Park lost the toss and were put into the field, but bowled the visitors out for 144.

Aditya Kumar was the star bowler for GPR, finishing with figures of 4-31 and Francis was delighted with how the teenager performed.

“Aditya has been very consistent over the past two seasons for us and that’s brilliant at just 17,” he added.

“He was great with the ball against Hainault and asked the batsmen plenty of problems.

“Aditya is looking really promising for us and he can be proud of his performance against Hainault.”

Chasing just 145 to win, Park would have backed themselves to pull off a successful chase.

Instead, they too were dismissed cheaply as GPR were all out for 133, with Francis’ 25 the top score.

It was a batting display which frustrated the skipper and Francis is all too aware his side can ill-afford a repeat of that.

“The top order, and that includes me, didn’t show the maturity needed against Hainault and we can’t leave it to the tail to get us over the line,” he said.

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