Hartlepool have a busy bank holiday weekend in front of them as they face three tough games in as many days.
Pool first entertain Marton at home tomorrow, then entertain Chester-le-street in last weekend’s rearranged fixture on Sunday, before completing the fixtures with a trip to Stokesley on Bank Holiday Monday.
Pool are able to welcome back Ollie Mole into the frame for Saturday, replacing Vish Chandrasakerer who reverts back to the second string.
Mole will be hoping he can play a big part with the ball having gained a yard of pace over the winter.
Pool will be buoyant after last weekend’s victory, chasing down a mediocre total on a bowler friendly wicket to get their season kicked off.
They will however be looking for a powerful performance in the first half of the game against Marton, to either post a big total or rip through the Marton batting order.
Sunday’s national knockout game is somewhat of a changed side.
Seven key players are unavailable, including both professionals Marc Symington and Jon Rickard, alongside wicketkeeper Craig Symington and opening batsman Neil Coverdale.
Some of Pool’s younger talent will step up to the plate and test themselves against a top NEPL side who have been in several national finals in recent years.
This game will be played over 45 overs with a cup tie format.
Monday sees Pool travel to Stokesley, and welcoming back all seven of the players who drop out for Sundays game.
They do however lose last year’s skipper Jack Wilkinson who is unavailable.
He is replaced by Chris Harrison who will slot into the middle order.
Stokesley and Marton sit in fourth and fifth place in the Premier league having both won one and lost one in the opening two fixtures.
Both sides have also won games batting first giving them an extra five points for the victory, a tactic which they may look to employ against Pool.