Hartlepool take on Middlebrough and Barnard Castle in weekend double-header

Hartlepool Cricket Club bowlet Mark Simmington in action at Park Drive.  Picture by Joe Spence
Hartlepool Cricket Club bowlet Mark Simmington in action at Park Drive. Picture by Joe Spence

Hartlepool get back into league action this weekend and are faced with a double-header.

Pool first entertain Middlesbrough at Park Drive on Saturday before travelling to Barnard Castle on Sunday for a re-arranged league fixture.

Middlesbrough head to the West Park club on Saturday having had a very poor start to their season.

Despite securing the services of some key players, ‘Boro find themselves situated at the wrong end of the table.

James Lowe and his team will want to come to Park Drive and really put a performance in to accelerate themselves from the dundrums of the league.

Lowe will have Adil Ditta and Whalid Gul at his disposal as they try and force a result against a stuttering Pool side.

On Sunday, Pool are to travel to Barnard Castle for a league encounter which should have been played on July 5.

Castle though have a big fair on their ground that day and the league have agreed to allow the fixture to be swapped and played on the Sunday instead.

Pool’s skipper Marc Symington did not want the game to be changed, so he will be hoping the weather stays fine, and that they can force a result.

Symington’s worry was that should the game get called off on that Sunday, and the remainder of the league play the game on the normal date of July 5, that other clubs could gain an advantage. Conversely, it could work in Pools favour if they are to pull a result off on the Sunday.

Pool will want to reverse the result from earlier in the season, when on opening weekend, Castle thrashed Pool by 10 wickets.

Pool struggled to post a big score and the Castle team, and notabl their overseas Australian amateur saw them home with ease.

A positive result for Pool in both games would see them push up the league standings, whilst negative results would see them in a precariuos position, and having played 1 more game than those around them.