Gidea Park & Romford suffer big defeat to Buckhurst Hill

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jamal Francis of Gidea Park & Romford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Gidea Park & Romford suffered a huge 174 run defeat against Buckhurst Hill in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One clash.

The visitors captain Jamie Allen won the toss and elected to bat first with opening batsmen Hendro Puchert guiding them to the points with 119 not out.

Puchert received solid support from the rest of the batting line-up with Ryan Karunakaran (13), Ricky Reynolds (15) and Russell Beckett (53) all digging in.

They were flying until GPR bowler Harry Phillips (3-26) took out the lower order to give his side a life line.

Buckhurst Hill finished with 239 for 7 and in reply the hosts got off to a poor start with Callum Mitcham (5) being caught out by Jamie Allen.

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Things went from bad to worse when captain Jamal Francis (6) was also caught out by Allen.

Francis’ side were eventually bowled out for 65 with Henry Puchert (3-16), Usman Sahar (2-25), and Irfan Sahar (4-22) all stepping up to seal a comfortable win.

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