CRICKET SLIDESHOW: Hartlepool v Richmond

HARTLEPOOL treated the Bank Holiday Monday crowd at Park Drive to an amazing finish as they faced champions Richmond.

Pool won the toss and fielded first, hoping they could restrict their total, unlike they did with Guisborough on Saturday.

Richmond batsman Gary Pratt walks way after the fall of his wicket as Hartlepool players enjoy the moment. Hartlepool against  Richmond at Park Drive. Picture by FRANK REID

Richmond batsman Gary Pratt walks way after the fall of his wicket as Hartlepool players enjoy the moment. Hartlepool against Richmond at Park Drive. Picture by FRANK REID

They were given a huge boost when Marc Symington had Garry Pratt caught behind for one, before Callum Prosser took his first wicket of the season to leave the visitors on 15 for 2.

Pool though, missing several players let Richmond off the hook as Shani Dissanayke and Jim Clarkson scored at canter.

They took the score to 112 in the 25th over, leaving Pool looking at the wrong end of a 250 plus score.

However, a superb bit of skill in the outfield saw Dissanayke dismissed – Marc Symington taking a diving one hand catch on the boundary line with what must be one of the best catches witnessed at Park Drive.

Clarkson fell soon after and the Richmond innings began to falter.

Marty Cowling needlessly ran himself out for 35 before Chris Smith grabbed himself his second and third wickets.

The Richmond innings ended on a very competitive 219 for the loss of eight wickets but somewhat short of what they woul have expected following their start.

Pools reply started brightly with Jak Wilkinson smashing two sixes before being bowled by Swainston.

Neil Coverdale fell shortly after, chipping up a catch having contributed just 18.

Craig Symington and Jimmy Johnston took pool to 106 but neither scored quickly and the chance of Pool winning seemed to be slipping by.

Johnston fell for 33 allowing Marc Symington to join his brother in the middle.

The run rate was increasing all of the time but some late savage blows started to bring Pool closer all of the time.

Craig Symington passed his half century in the 43rd over, before picking his moment to play some more expansive shots.

His brother Marc, equally picked up his scoring rate in the latter part before departing for 43.

Craig continued to take the game back to Richmond and several nervy overs nearly saw them lose the game. However the task was to be too much or Pool who finished just three runs shot of the victory target.

Pool take 13 points from the game to Richmonds 11.