Hartlepool lose out in low-scoring game at Normanby Hall

Jack Wilkinson goes to his stumps as Richmond Bowler Jack Clarkson looks on. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Wilkinson goes to his stumps as Richmond Bowler Jack Clarkson looks on. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool were on the wrong end of a low scoring game at Normanby Hall on Saturday.

Pool were asked to bat first for the seventh time in a row and again failed to post a dominant score.

On a typically slow and low wicket, Pool did not take advantage of one of the slowest opening bowling attacks in the league. They only managed to post 133 for the loss of seven wickets, with Marc Symington carrying his bat for 51. Liam Prosser played aggressively for his 21 but the tail were left little time to build an innings.

Former Pool pro Jimmy Gunarthne was the star of the home side’s attack, spinning his way to a five wicket haul.

Gunarathne was also the main man with the bat, smashing a quick 49 before being run out by Kas Bodhisha.

Gunarthne himself admitted he was very fortunate to still be at the crease after surviving a confident lbw appeal from the bowling of Anth Fawcett.

Pool still felt they were in the game, and when the hosts stumbled to 100 for 6 they began to sniff a win.

However another ex-Pool man, Graham Shaw, saw his side home with three wickets to spare.

The result is another blow to Pool who want another win under their belt.

Hartlepool innings

Coverdale c+b Beaumont 19, Symington not out 51, Bodhisha lbw 9, Tebbett lbw Gunarathne 10, Temple c Shaw b Gunarthne 0, Prosser c Ramsden b Gunarthne 24, Wiljinson c +b Gunarthne 1, Evans st Havelock b Gunarthne 1, Harrison not out 1. Extras 12. Total for 7 wickets 177 Brown 0-24 shaw 0-16 Gunarathne 5-49 Beaumont 2-35

Normanby Hall

Gunarathne run out 49, Blackett b Fawcett 6, Hussain lbw Bodhisha 1, ramzan c Bodhisha b Symingtonn 0, Hussain c Wilkinson b Symington 28, shaw not out 30, addison b Symington 5, Brown b Bodhisha 4, beaumont not out 6. 2xtras 5. Total for 7 wkts 134