Three in a row for Hartlepool

By Freelancer - May 9 2011
Three in a row for Hartlepool Things are very tight at the top of the NYSD Premier League with Great Ayton currently leading the pack after 4 matches have been played.  Only the poor performance of week 1 prevents Hartlepool being right up there with them.  Three successive victories has repaired the damage of week 1 and boosted confidence

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Callum Prosser delights in taking yet another professional scalp as he continues with his fine start to the season.  Alongside Marc Symington, Callum put Darlington on the back foot with some excellent bowling in helpful conditions at Park Drive.  With 3 early wickets falling Darlington were always playing catch up against Hartlepool in the Premier League.

As overs ran out Darlington were forced to try and force the pace which inevitably led to further wickets including Doug Mullholland ct&b by Kasun Bodhisha on his Park Drive debut.  After 50 overs Darlington had recovered to 161 for 7 with Liam Coates being best with the bat on a unusually seaming wicket at Hartlepool.

Hartlepool had a few early losses themselves with Mullholland claiming early wickets of Mike Gough and Kasun Bodhisha.  Amidst this Neil Coverdale was showing what a fine player he is with some confident strokes.  Despite his pre-season injury to a thumb he looks like being an excellent signing for the club who will no doubt enjoy more favourable batting conditions over the summer.

When Mullholland removed Coverdale the match looked in the balance at 59 for 3 but skipper Jack Wilkinson and Marc Symington settled the ship before a run-out broke the partnership.  At that stage Alan Tebbett and Chris Harrison played really well to maintain the push for victory.  With a short break for rain and 7 wickets down an exciting finish was in prospect.  At that point Prosser and young Jonathan Mitchell played very sensibly to take Hartlepool home by 3 wickets with the overs rapidly nearing an end.  A good contest which brought Hartlepool the 3rd victory in a row and another 20 points   Hartlepool 1sts v Darlington 1sts

2nds went down against Wolviston by 27 runs and the 3rds match at Blackhall fell victim to the overnight rain with no play possible

Wolviston 1sts v Hartlepool 2nds