Gidea Park want to beat Orsett in bid to beat drop
PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 August 2018
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GPR lost by 31 runs at home to Hainault & Clayhall last weekend
Gidea Park & Romford could be relegated from the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One on Saturday if they lose at home to Orsett & Thurrock and other results go against them.
Park slipped into the bottom two last weekend with a 31-run defeat away to relegation rivals Hainault & Clayhall.
Skipper Jamal Francis impressed with the ball after winning the toss and electing to field, finishing with 5-40 as Hainault were dismissed for 123.
GPR would have been pleased with their efforts at that stage, believing they had a good chance of winning.
However, another dismal batting display, in which only James Pegram (28), Matthew Tarr (23) and Aditya Kumar (17) scored more than five, let alone reach double figures, saw Park all out for 92.
It was a costly collapse for GPR as they slipped into the bottom two with the defeat and are now 14 points adrift of safety.
A loss at bottom club Orsett on Saturday coupled with a victory for Woodford Wells at home to Upminster is the most straightforward way that results in Park being relegated with one game remaining.
There are, though, plenty of other permutations that could send Francis’ men down, even if they avoid defeat.
If GPR are looking for positives ahead of the weekend, then they are best avoiding reflecting on their previous game with Orsett.
Despite a brilliant 85 off just 77 deliveries from Kumar, Park lost by 55 runs in June and know they must avoid a similar result on Saturday.
It is an important juncture in the season for GPR as they look to hang on to their Division One status.
And Francis could be looking for his senior players to stand up and be counted over the final two games of the season.