There was a heavy defeat for the firsts, a valuable draw for the seconds and an away win for the thirds this week as Hartlepool Cricket Club ended their July fixtures.
1st XI Suffer Another Heavy Defeat
Welcoming high-flying Stokesley to Park Drive, the 1st team were hoping for two strong performances in a row in what has been a highly inconsistent season.
‘Pool started strongly with Craig Symington claiming visiting skipper Beaumont first ball but this was followed by a large partnership for the second wicket. Both batsmen involved fell to Chris Smith before further hitting from Andrew Weighall saw Stokesley close on 272 for eight. Callum Prosser picked up four late wickets for ‘Pool.
In reply the home side lost wickets at regular intervals with a number of batsmen making it to double figures without anyone pushing on to the big score that would see the target challenged.
James Beaumont made up for his failure with the bat, collecting five for 30 from 15 overs. A last-wicket partnership of 33 was enough to earn an extra bonus point before the inevitable happened and Hartlepool were dismissed for 158.
2nd Team Earn Valuable Draw
The second team travelled to Marton and collected 10 points in a high-scoring draw. While the bowling may not have been up to the usual high standards, the exception being the evergreen Ian Jackson (12-3-32-2), the batting finally showed some return to form.
Marton totalled 244 for eight and in reply Hartlepool finished on 190 for nine. Danny Shurmer with 56 and Liam Wright with 39 were the standout performers.
3rd Team Win Away
The thirds travelled to Marske with a much-changed team featuring many juniors and came away with a fine victory.
Batting first, ‘Pool were in trouble until Andy Barnard (43) combined with Adil Ahmad. Adil’s maiden senior half-century (64 not out) saw Hartlepool to a defendable total of 149 for seven.
In reply, the home team got off to a steady start before Callum Hope ripped through their middle order.
'Colly' took four for 18 in a devastating seven-over spell before Barnard and Ahmad finished off the innings. Marske finished on 103.
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