Hartlepool CC crumble at home to Richmond

Josh Cannon in action for Hartlepool at Park Drive on Saturday.

Josh Cannon in action for Hartlepool at Park Drive on Saturday.

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Hartlepool once again crumbled to a poor performance resulting in them getting a zero point return against Richmond.

Pool batted first at Park Drive on Saturday and were dealt a major blow Neil Coverdale was bowled for a duck in the first over.

Marc Symington and Jon Rickard then took the score to 28, albeit slowly, before Symington was dismissed for 19.

Jack Wilkinson then fell, being joined by Rickard soon after to leave the hosts on 52 for 4.

That soon became 52 for 5 as Alan Tebbett was dismissed, before the next five wickets fell for just 29 runs.

A score of 81 was never going to be enough of a target to set a high-flying Richmond, and Pool will have known that.

Richmond did bowl well, but Pool batted badly, showing very little despite opting to bat first having won the toss.

Sam Wood was the pick of the bowlers taking 5 for 34 while Sahnook Dissanayke took three wickets and conceded just 16 runs from his 15 overs.

Richmond set about their task in positive fashion and, despite losing James Clarkson for three, they had more than enough to get themselves past the winning post.

Garry Pratt showed he is still a class act, ending unbeaten on 49, while Mike Layfield contributed 31 from just 27 balls.

The victory giving Richmond 20 points compared to Pools return of nil.

Hartlepool Innings

Coverdale b Dissanayke 0, Rickard c Carr b Marshall 16, Symington lbw Dissanayke 19, Wilkinson c Layfield b Wood 9, Tebbett c Layfield b Wood 1, Greenwell c Layfield b Wood 4, Prosser c Carr b Wood 12, Richardson lbw Dissanayke 1, Yuill c Layfield b Wood 0, Rathbone run out 4, Cannon not out 8. Total for 10 wickets 81.

Dissanayke 3-16, Clarkson 0-17, Marshall 1-13, Wood 5-34

Richmond innings

Clarkson lbw Prosser 3, Pratt not out 49, Layfield not out 31. Extras 4. Total for 1 wicket 87.

Prosser 1-23, Greenwell 0-14, Yuill 0-22, Rickard 0-22, Rathbone 0-6

Pool now must turn their attention to tonight’s Kerridge Cup Tie at Park Drive (6pm).

Normanby Hall, who are in the division below Pool are the opposition, and they could provide Pool with the perfect opportunity to get back into form.

Despite them being from a lower league, they will still fancy an upset, particularly against an inconsistent Pool side.