Gidea Park & Romford knocked out by Southend

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 May 2017

Jamal Francis in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jamal Francis in batting action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain Francis top scores in cup defeat

Gidea Park & Romford were on the wrong end of a nine-wicket defeat against Southend in the first round of the Essex League Cup.

Put into bat by the Premier Division new boys, Park lost openers James Patient and James Pegram cheaply to find themselves in early trouble at 18-2.

Captain Jamal Francis held firm as wickets continued to tumble at the other end, putting on 67 for the fifth wicket with Michael Pegram.

Francis hit 13 fours in his 72 from 66 balls, before he was the seventh Park batsman to fall with the score on 146, as the visitors were eventually dismissed for 168 in the 41st over.

Southend’s openers put on 91 in reply, before Francis made the breakthrough with a run out.

But it was little consolation as Oliver Wagstaff’s unbeaten 106 saw the home side to their target in just 22 overs to set up a date with Ilford at Valentines Park.

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