Hartlepool’s three games in as many days marathon was dealt a twist when Friday’s game was called off.
Pool were due to play the Boldon cup tie at Park Drive on Friday evening, but despite the bad weather that was not the reason for the game not going ahead.
Boldon conceded the tie as they were unable to field a side, resulting in Pool getting a bye into the next round of the Arthur Sanders Cup.
On Saturday Pool were thankful to get a game on courtesy of the ground staff at Park Drive.
One of only four games to go ahead, Pool managed to get started in a game which was reduced to 35 overs per side.
Pool batted first and shuffled the batting order to cater for the reduced over format.
Marc Symington and Neil Coverdale put on 57 for the loss of the first wicket, with Symington caught behind for 31.
Coverdale, who has been in good recent form, contributed 27 before he was bowled.
Kas Bodhisha contributed 19 whilst Jack Wilkinson in his new role down the order contributed a solid 33 not out as Pool posted just 128 for the loss of seven wickets.
Middlesbrough’s reply started slowly as they struggled to deal with Symington’s spin and the left arm medium pace of Anth Fawcett.
Pool took one wicket courtesy of a flick onto the stumps my Symington to remove Dan Hodgson for a duck.
Adil Ditta then began to swing some willow in an attempt to push the score on with rain imminent.
However once the heavens opened the match was abandoned as a draw, giving Pool eight points to Boro’s nine.
Coverdale bowled Deuchar 27, Symington c Hodgson b Deuchar 31, Bodhisha b Lowe 19, Arif c Hodgson 7, Prosser b Lowe 0, Wilkinson not out 33, Tebbett run out 0,Temple ct Taylor b Mahmood 5, Harrison not out 0. Extras 6. Total for 7 wickets 128.
Shabaz 0-13, Deuchar 2-38, Mahmood 1-36, Lowe 3-38
Lowe not out 18, Hodgson run out Symington 0, Ditta not out 35. Extras 5. Total for 1 wicket 58.
Symington 0-16, Fawcett 0-27, Bodhisha 0-5, Harrison 0-9.
In Sunday’s game Pool pulled off a stunning victory bowling out Billingham for just 63.
Batting first, Pool posted a very modest 118 all out on a damp slow wicket.
Marc Symington was the mainstay as he once again opened the batting and completed his half century before being one of several dubious lbw decisions.
In reply Pool applied some tough pressure early doors, and it was Rory Gribbell who struck first.
Gribbell the France international, taking his maiden first team wicket in Pool colours.
Marc Symington and Kas Bodhisha then began to spin the Billingham players into a muddle.
Backed up by some outstanding fielding, despite some injured players, Pool also managed to run out the Billingham batsman.
It was however the seven wickets shared between the two professionals that saw Pool victorious, winning by 55 runs, as the host were all out for just 63.
This was a much needed victory for Pool who pick up 28 points from a maximum 40 available over the weekend.