Hartlepool to host 15Fifteen day in busy weekend

Hartlepool (fielding) V Marton
Hartlepool (fielding) V Marton

Hartlepool have a busy weekend in store, travelling to Stokesley in the league tomorrow before hosting a 15Fifteen group day at Park Drive on Sunday.

Pool continue their league campaign when hey come up against a Stokesley side who sit four places behind them in the league.

Then the following day, Park Drive hosts the super Sunday 15Fifteen group stage.

Stokesley have had a disappointing campaign so far, despite putting in some throng performances.

Professionals Chris Allinson and Andrew Weighall are both big hitters and both will also contribute with the ball. Former Pool junior James Beaumont will provide the spin option, and he can bat anywhere in the top six based upon the status of the game.

Pool once again name a strong side and they will be hoping they can put in a much stronger performance than last weekend’s no point draw.

Adil Arif is included in the squad again, having missed most of the year due to school and holiday commitments.

His inclusion with certainly add some impetus to the scoring rate.

Jon Rickard, Neil Coverdale and skipper Jack Wilkinson look set to occupy the top three batting positions while wicket-keeper batsman Craig Symington will operate from number four.

Symington has just passed the 400 run mark in the league this season as he continues to impress with bat and gloves.

Pool will again go ino the game with four main bowlers, Marc Symington, Mike Yuill, Jon Rickard and Callum Prosser.

Each will be looking to get back on their game having been expensive in last weekend’s high-scoring draw.

Pool also have the chance to pull away from the pack below with victory, especially as Barnard Castle directly below them have played a game more.

On Sunday, the teams don their coloured strips as Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Marton and Thornaby battle it out in the 15Fifteen format.

Each team will play two games with the top two teams going through to the knockout stages.

The first games is scheduled to start at 10.30am with the final game being played at 6.30pm.

The day gives cricket enthusiasts the perfect chance to see some flamboyant stroke play and aggressive high speed cricket.

First match 10.30am Middlesbrough v Marton, Second match 1.15pm Thornaby v Hartlepool Hangers, third match 4pm Marton v Thornaby and fourth Match 6.30pm Hartlepool Hangers v Middlesbrough.

l BLACKHALL have been boosted by a new signing for their NYSD First Division match against Marton tomorrow at Welfare Park (start 1.30pm).

Matthew Wilkinson has signed for the Colliery side from Hull after moving to the area.

Wilkinson comes in at the top of the order in place of the unavailable Naeem Feroz.

His arrival comes as a major filip for the team who are struggling near the foot of the table with only one win to their credit this summer.

Skipper Jack Ward said: “Matthew has just moved to Peterlee and it’s great he’s signed for us.

“I’ve seen him in the nets and he looks a really good player.

“He bowls a bit as well so we’re looking forward to seeing him play.”

Hall have struggled for runs for much of the season though, ironically, last weekend there were no such troubles at Maltby.

Blackhall, bating second, played comfortably out for a draw on 206-6 from their 50 overs.

Maltby had amassed 244-6 at Francis Park but Hall, in reply, started well through Paul Moss (62) and Wayne Birks (19).

Neil Whitworth (67) top scored with Ward’s unbeaten 25 ensuring the home attack do not get a look at the Blackhall tailenders.

“A few people came back into form,” said Ward. “Mossy and Neil batted really well.”