All three Hartlepool sides registered defeats this weekend, with neither team able to put up much of a fight against their opponents.
1st XI’s Inconsistent Form Continues.
Following a successful trip to Saltburn last week, the 1st XI hosted defending league champions Richmondshire, who currently sit in second place.
The sun shone brightly and upon winning the toss captain Marc Symington elected to have first use of the Park Drive surface in what was expected to be friendly conditions for batting. However, the opposite would prove true when Neil Coverdale was removed in the first over.
With both Hartlepool professionals Rickard (16) and Symington (19) at the crease, the innings moved along solidly but slowly as conditions were found to be very difficult for the Hartlepool batsmen.
Tight spin bowling from overseas pro Shanuka Dissanayake, who conceded just 16 runs from his 15 overs - accounting for three Hartlepool batsman in the process - and aggressive seam bowling from Sam Wood who picked up five scalps for just 34 runs saw the home side struggle to 81 all out.
Despite this, Hartlepool took to the field in the hope of making the visitors work hard to surpass the small total and at least salvage some pride from the fixture.
Adam Greenwell found early turn and bounce and felt unlucky to be denied an early wicket. Thinking they had Richmondshire’s English professional Gary Pratt caught behind, the Hartlepool fielders were disappointed to see the umpire remain unmoved.
Callum Prosser continued his good form with the ball this season as he removed James Clarkson to take the home side’s only wicket. From there the visitors demonstrated why they are league champions as Pratt (49 not out) and Mike Layfield (31 not out) batted aggressively to chase down the total and secure a nine-wicket win.
The 1st XI will need to up their game considerably as they travel to Marske next week.
2nd XI’s Batting Frailties Strike Again
The 2nd XI travelled to Richmondshire with a much changed side as injuries and unavailability put a serious drain on resources.
The Dalesmen won the toss and elected to bat first on what appeared to be a track made for batting. And that early prognosis proved to be correct as the home side added over 100 for the first wicket before Lewis Hall finally got a breakthrough.
Under 15s player Will Griffiths returned and snared three wickets in an excellent spell (3-34 off 10) while Chris Smith toiled endlessly at the other end, picking up two wickets.
Richmondshire managed 261 for seven from their 50 overs.
Following a very impressive tea, Hartlepool started their innings positively with Paul Jackson finding the boundary early. Unfortunately, though, after the wickets of Jackson and Rhoden it became a procession.
Home seamer Shaun Charlton finished with eight for 22 as ‘Pool crumbled to 66 all out.
Heavy Defeat for 3rd XI
Hartlepool were asked to bat first at home to Marton and posted 216 for four. Gary Cunliffe (54), Ollie Mole (50 not out), Barnard (36 not out), and James Piper (30) were the batsmen in form.
Unfortunately a lack of bowlers meant Marton cruised to victory inside 36 overs.
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