Rain Ruins Weekend Fixtures
After contrasting performances in last weekend’s double-header, Hartlepool 1st XI welcomed Guisborough to Park Drive on what would prove to be a frustrating day for both teams.
Heavy rain overnight put the fixture in jeopardy but the match was able to get underway thanks to the commitment of the groundsman and committee members, who helped to clear sufficient moisture from the playing surface to allow play to begin on time.
Hartlepool lost the toss and it came as no surprise when they were asked to bat first on a pitch that looked sure to favour the bowlers.
Despite this, the home side kept the scoreboard ticking over and found themselves 93 for three when a heavy downpour forced play to be halted.
Around two hours were lost to the rain and when play resumed Hartlepool would be forced to declare early in order to guarantee sufficient time in the second innings to constitute a game.
At the time of declaration the 1st XI had posted a very competitive total - under the circumstances - of 176 for eight. It was Craig Symington who top scored for the home side, once again showing the consistency his team-mates have come to expect as he compiled a well-made 61 for his second half-century of the season.
As the light began to fade and with time in the game running out, Hartlepool were in a position of dominance and planned to put pressure on the away side and take as many Guisborough wickets as they could, in an effort to gain as many points as possible from the disrupted fixture.
There was hope the plan would pay off as Callum Prosser, continuing his fine form with the ball this season, struck in his first over, but that would be the final act of the day as rain began to fall once more and brought the curtain down on the day’s play.
The points were shared evenly as the match was drawn.
Both the 2nd XI (away to Bishop Auckland) and 3rd XI (away to Norton) games fell victim to the weather with no play possible.