The Bank Holiday weekend offered an opportunity for Hartlepool to bounce back from a defeat on Saturday by winning on Sunday - which they did.
Lows and Highs for 1st XI
After hanging on for a draw against their local rivals, Seaton Carew, earlier in the season; Hartlepool hoped to make amends in the away fixture but it wasn’t to be.
Under the leadership of new captain Mike Yuill, the 1st XI won the toss and elected to bowl. Adil Ahmad (one for 31) and Craig Symington (two for 65) took the new ball for Pool on what turned out to be a very good pitch for batting.
Seaton’s overseas professional Sanjaya Rodrigo led the way for the home side as he recorded his maiden century for the club, hitting 104 from 130 balls. Rodrigo was well supported by Paul Braithwate (43) and Matthew Skirving (32) as the home side posted a very competitive total of 232 for six.
Liam Prosser and Neil Coverdale opened the innings for Hartlepool and things began positively with both batsman able to score steadily with Prosser reaching the boundary five times in his 34 while Coverdale made 27.
James Johnston seemed to retain his form from last week as he played well for 31. However the familiar Hartlepool middle-order collapse soon followed and Alan Tebbet’s brave rearguard action (29 not out) proved to be in vain as Seaton’s home-grown English professional Danny Evans returned figures of six for 56 as the visitors were bowled out for 160 to the delight of the home fans.
After a disappointing defeat at the hands of local rivals Seaton Carew in the first of the Bank Holiday fixtures, the 1st XI’s fortunes changed dramatically as they romped to a 10-wicket victory after bowling out visitors Great Ayton for just 28 runs.
Ayton batted first in gloomy, overcast conditions that the Hartlepool opening bowlers were able to exploit to devastating effect. Craig Symington recorded career best figures of seven for 14, including a hat-trick, while Callum Prosser returned figures of three for nine.
Neil Coverdale and Liam Prosser wasted no time in reaching the total within four overs to bring an end to proceedings by 2.46pm!
2nd Team Win and Draw
The 2nds had a productive weekend to revive their hopes of avoiding relegation. On Saturday they welcomed bottom side Darlington RA to HQ. Kev Peek and Rob Walker (15-7-28-3) bowled fine opening spells before Chris Smith wrapped up the tail as RA finished on 115 all out.
An aggressive opening partnership from Peek and Ollie Mole got ‘Pool off to a great start. Mole finished on 71 not out as ‘Pool completed a nine-wicket win.
Monday saw the 2nds playing their game in hand on third from bottom Guisborough. It took a brilliant, battling unbeaten 60 from Paul Jackson to save the game and garner valuable draw points. The 2nds are now only 15 points from safety with 4 games remaining.
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