Park aim to pounce on Green’s frailties

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 June 2015

Gidea Park & Romford captain Jamal Francis swings his bat (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gidea Park & Romford captain Jamal Francis swings his bat (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Local rivals clash in Division Two

Gidea Park & Romford make the trip to Ardleigh Green tomorrow (Saturday) and skipper Jamal Francis wants to inflict more pain on their beleaguered derby rivals.

Green’s problems with the bat have seen them pick up just nine points in their first five matches to set bottom of the Essex League Division Two table.

Park’s bowling attack have been up-and-down in recent weeks, but Francis remains confident his team have enough fire-power to down Green this weekend.

He said: “They’ve struggled with the bat so far this season and that is something we are looking to capitalise on.

“We know we have got good bowlers and it would be nice to get a big win this weekend to move us up the table.”

Tomorrow’s short trip also marks the beginning of the 50-over matches in the Essex League this season.

Having won just one of their opening all-day games this season, Francis believes it is a must for his Park team to get off to a good start in the shorter format.

“Hopefully we can get a good win in our opening 50-over game. We’ve got a few players who like to attack more and the limited-over games probably suits them more,” he added.

“We probably could’ve done better in the longer format, but we want to start getting a few more wins on the board.”

Park warmed up for their derby at Central Park with a draw against Wickford, despite impressive knocks from Russ Collard (63) and Shawn Findlay (79) in an unbroken 142-run stand which saw the hosts end their innings on 210-3.

The visitors provided stubborn resistance in reply, closing on 183-8 after Findlay (3-24) had most success.

Francis admits it was frustrating not to secure a result, adding: “To come that close, needing a couple of wickets in the final five overs and not win, is disappointing,

“We put ourselves in a good

position after a bit of a slow start. They looked like they were pulling away from us, but we got a couple of wickets and dragged ourselves back into it.

“But fair play to their unbeaten partnership at the end. They dug in and grabbed their team a draw, but it was frustrating for us.”

Park’s bowlers could well have a chance to take their frustrations out on a struggling Ardleigh Green batting line-up when they take to the field this weekend.

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