Hartlepool up for the start of NYSD cricket season

Mike Yuill in action for Hartlepool at Park Drive on Saturday.

Mike Yuill in action for Hartlepool at Park Drive on Saturday.

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Hartlepool begin the 2015 NYSD Premier league season this weekend when they travel to Normanby Hall.

Pool are a much changed outfit from previous seasons, with several new personnel in their ranks, including seasoned Sri Lankan professional Shani Dissanayke.

Mike Yuill, who took over the captaincy part way through last year, has once again took control of team affairs.

He will be keen to see Pool progress and play some positive cricket, much like they did towards the end of last season.

Having released Marc Symington at the close of the 2014 campaign, Pool acted quickly when it became apparent that Disanayke was not having his contract renewed at Richmondshire.

Dissanayke was part of a large groip of players that opted to leave Richmond at the end of the season.

Dissanayke has be joined by a fellow Richmondshire player in the shape of Lewis Stabler.

Dissanayke has helped Stabler develop over the last few years and he ha decided to join Pool alongside his mentor.

Also returning to the club is Jon Rickard, who has had his contract renewed as he takes the second professionals spot.

Joining the ranks alongside him will be former Pool player Stephen Purcifer, who returns having spent the last four seasons at Saltburn.

Purcifer captained Saltburn for the last few years and proved himself to be a valuable mid-order batsman and occasional leg spin bowler.

Pool are also able to welcome another ex-Saltburn player – John Watson who is an accomplished opening batsman, with two Premier League centuries under his belt.

Neil Coverdale, Jack Wilkinson, Alan Tebbett and Jake Richardson will also been keen to impress in what looks like a strong batting line up, with lots of experience and explosive players within the side.

Leaving the club alongside his brother Marc, is all rounder Craig Symington, with both players returning to parent club Norton who are now back in the NYSD Premier league.

Pool will also be strong with the ball.

Yuill will have himself and Shani Dissanayke along with the offspin of Rickard.

Callum Prosser is back at the club, despite living and working in Scotland over the off season, and he looks set to share the new ball with either Lewis Stabler or Ollie Mole who has returned from having a winter plying his trade in Australia.

With a wealth of options at his disposal, Mike Yuill will have his work cut out to ensure all batsmen and bowlers are kept happy.

One concern for Pool will be behind the stumps.

With Craig Symington departing, Alan Tebbett is stepping up to take the gloves.

His role will be critical, particulary key tp the bowling of professional Dissanayke.

On paper Pool have a strong side, but the key to their success will be keeping a consistent team on the field and players contributing every week.

The league this year has seen a number of players change clubs, and sides all taking a different shape to them.

Richmond are a prime example with several players moving cubs, while champions Darlington appear to have lost the mainstay of their side too.

Pools second string also start their campaign, knowing this year that only the champions will be promoted.

Peter Rhoden again leads team affairs and he will be hoping that Pool can once again be a dominant force in Division 2.

Kev Peek takes the lead role of the third team who started their campaign in a rain affected game last week.