Hartlepool CC face old foes Darlington

Neil Coverdale(right) and Jonathon Rickard in action at Park Drive on Saturday.
Neil Coverdale(right) and Jonathon Rickard in action at Park Drive on Saturday.

Hartlepool face Darlington at Park Drive on Saturday hoping the weather is somewhat kinder than last weekend.

Pool endured a frustrating time last time out as rain ruled out any choice of a favourable result.

Darlington, however, took full advantage of the bowler friendly wicket and ensured they comprehensively beat Stokesley, gaining a full 20 points when most team scored between 6 and 10.

Pool make a couple of changes to their side, with Jack Wilkinson available following holiday, and Jono Mitchell comes into the first team at the expense of Adam Greenwell who reverts to the second team.

Chris Harrison retains his place in the middle order and his experience could prove vital as the home side come up against one of the leagues best bowlers.

John Barnes is a seasoned professional who continues to perform at this level despite his age creeping up on him.

His pace has dropped but his accuracy and skill levels haven’t, resulting in him being amongst the top wicket taker in the league each year.

Barnes himself is in a rich vein of form too having taken a hat-trick last weekend.

Darlington will also have Peter Armstrong, Doug Mulholland and Liam Coates at their disposal.

The league leaders have always been a consistent side, narrowly missing out on the Premiership title in the last couple of years.

They also have a strong batting line up with Dan Hodgson returning to the club alongside professional Rajin Salah, with support coming from Wicling, Coates and Barnes.

Pool will need to ensure they are at the top of their game, and restricting the visitors total could be key to a positive result.