Hartlepool Race to Victory

By Freelancer - June 11 2011
Hartlepool Race to Victory
Marc Symington Hartlepool visited Kingsway to take on bottom of the league Bishop Auckland and completed an easy victory.  The 20 points ensures they will remain top of the league. With the weather forecast poor for later in the day getting 20 points may be a big bonus if other matches are rain affected.  Photos courtesy of Alan Lacy

Jonno at Bishops

Jonathan Mitchell watches as Marc Symington's safe hands pouch an excellent high slip catch

Marc Symington collected 5 wickets and received great support from the other bowlers.  Jonathan Mitchell (3 for 15 in seven overs) bowled very well to get the top three in the the Bishops line up and Callum Prosser can consider himself unlucky not to have picked up wickets after a good spell.  When Hartlepool turned to spin the combination proved too strong for a relatively inexperienced Bishop Auckland team who ended up 76 all out.  Symingtom 5 for 8 in sesnsational form and Kasun Bodhisha 2 for 14.

tebbs behind stumps

Alan Tebbett found himself keeping wicket early on as Callum Prosser again beats the bat

Hartlepool had few scares as they chased down the total to ensure the victory ahead of any rain that may have threatened the outcome.  Neil Coverdale stood firm and carried his bat after Michael Gough was LBW to a shooter, Kasun Bodhisha was run out and Marc Symington departed first ball

Bishop Auckland v Hartlepool Scores

Tom Gavin batting

Tom Gavin had an excellent innings against Maltby in Division 2

The 2nd team travelled to Maltby for the first time and were unlucky that the weather thwarted their push for victory.  After posting over 200 they had Maltby 9 down when rain returned to bring the match to a premature close.  Tom Gavin with 60+ and Peter Rhoden 40 were well supported by the middle order who all chipped in with runs to ensure 5 batting points.  With 4 points for bowling at all 8 draw points added Hartlepool came out the match with a deserved 17 points but must have feltthat 20 points maximum were  denied by the rain.