Hartlepool go into the NYSD 2014 cricket season full of confidence, with the club in the strongest position it could be.
All three of the clubs senior sides are now playing at the highest level they can, with the second team being promoted to Division 1 having finished runners up last year.
The Championship winning third team now play in Sunday Division One which will prove to be a good test of character.
The third team’s season got off to a fantastic start last Sunday, starting a week earlier than the other two sides. They beat Redcar by the narrowest of margins, taking the final wicket with just two runs required.
Pool’s squad is just as it was last year, with the exception of Adil Arif.
He has moved to Cambridge to continue his studies, and his aggressive batting and change up bowling could be a loss to Pool.
Saying that, Arif did not play in as many matches as Pool would have hoped last year.
Jack Wilkinson has handed over the captaincy reigns to veteran English professional Marc Symington.
He is once again paired with fellow English pro Jonatahan Rickard who showed glimpses of what he can offer with both bat and ball last year.
The batting will be supported by Craig Symington, who will also wear the wicket keeping gloves, Neil Coverdale, Wilkinson, Adam Greenwell and Alan Tebbett.
Pool also include Josh Cannon and Ollie Mole, who may be required to contribute frequently with both bat and ball.
Symington will lead Pools bowling attack, alongside Callum Prosser and spinners Rickard and Mike Yuill.
In addition, Cannon and Mole will also have to play heir part and be ready to be thrown into the attack at any point.
Callum Prosser will keen to get back into his stride having played in Australia over the winter, while Mike Yuill will be hoping for a successful season following his first season at Park Drive last term.
Pool entertain Barnard Castle this weekend, hoping they can start will not only a positive result but also a positive display.
With the league rules changing this year, meaning teams batting first and winning can gain an additional five points, we may see some different tactics being implemented.
The second team are once again skippered by Peter Rhoden as they begin life in Division One.
Their blend of youth and experience will be key, as players will need to adapt to not winning every week, and being able to grind out results.
The third team is led by Andy Barnard, and again has a good blend of youth and experience.
He will no doubt be helped by his comrade Max Walker who’s experience was vital in gaining promotion last year.