Hartlepool CC fail to take the spoils in MacMillan Cup

Jonathan Mitchell in action against Great Ayton at Park Drive on Sunday.

Jonathan Mitchell in action against Great Ayton at Park Drive on Sunday.

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HARTLEPOOL failed to take the spoils yesterday as the MacMillan Cup bandwagon came to a sunsoaked Park Drive.

Pool sat out the first semi-final between Darlington and Guisborough, which Borough won comfortably in front of a packed crowd.

The host club, who were confident of doing well in this competition, never really got going against Great Ayton and did themselves no justice in front of their own fans.

Pool only posted a total of 92 from their 20 overs with Neil Coverdale and Jono Mitchell the only sparks in the innings.

Indeed, things could have been worse for Pool had it not been for Mitchell who bludgeoned 17 from just seven balls.

Pool failed against the spin of David Grainge and Michael Croft, who posted bowling figures of 2-12 from their four overs as Ayton’s ability to take pace of the ball scuppered Pool.

In reply, Ayton made light work of Pool’s attack, losing just one wicket as they hunted down the below-par target.

Kas Bodhisha took the only wicket, but Stephen Pennock smashed his way to 58 not out to take the visistors home.

Ayton though could not take that momentum with them into the final which saw Guisborough romp to victory.

Having posted a modest total of 124, Guisborough made scoring hard for Great Ayton, making several bowling changes and regularly taking the pace off the ball.

In reply, Ayton could only muster 88 from their 20 overs as Borough took the prestigious MacMillan title with ease.

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