Although Hartlepool CC's second team lost again this week, they put in an improved performance after the first team produced another good performance to win away from home.
First Team Win Again
Hartlepool won the toss and decided to stick the home side, Saltburn in to bat. Both teams were missing regular players and 'Pools were hoping to capitalise early by putting the ‘Burn in first up.
It was apparent very early that the ball was going to swing as Callum Prosser bowled some great deliveries to the openers, striking in his second over by getting the young Ben Ainsley caught at slip.
The next four wickets came very cheaply as 'the Pross' continued to bowl very tightly and Craig.Symington bowled straight. Alongside opener Cramb, Purcifer put up some resilience before being trapped in front lbw.
Jon Rickard was brought in to the attack and removed the sturdy opener to allow Mike Yuill to clean up the last three men after a quick flurry of runs got them up to 108 all out.
With only a low total to chase the message from the skipper was “to put a dint in it”.
Things did not start to plan with Jack Wilkinson trapped in front from the third ball; making way for Alan Tebbett who together with the positive Rickard played some attacking cricket, taking the total up to 60 before Alan played on to the bowling of ex-Pooly Purcifer.
Craig Symington came to the crease to play a supporting role to the hard hitting of Rickard; the 'pro' hit the ball to all parts including the tennis courts as the total was chased down inside 27 overs with Rickard left unbeaten from a run a ball 65.
2nds Show Improvement But Still Fall Short
The second team welcomed high-flying Whitby to Park Drive on what turned out to be a gloriously sunny afternoon.
Losing the toss and being asked to bat first was not the greatest start but ‘Pool were determined to improve on recent performances. The early wickets of Rhoden, Richardson and Chandrasekhar (to a shocker) slowed the scoring but James Johnston and Danny Shurmer worked hard to rebuild the innings.
Both scored fine innings of at least 30 but fell in the pursuit of quicker scoring. A flurry of wickets left the tail trying to rebuild again but this proved a vain effort, ‘Pool succumbing for 137 in the 48th over.
In response ‘Pool got off to a great start with Adil Ahmed getting a wicket in the first over and Oliver Mole proving the postman always delivers, taking a wicket with his first ball.
With two wickets down after seven balls Rhoden’s men were in with a chance. Ron Lyth rode his luck to while his partner weighed anchor for the “Trawlermen”.
Rob Walker grabbed a couple of wickets to keep ‘Pool in the hunt but some late hitting from skipper Buck got the visitors home with seven overs remaining.