Hartlepool travel to NYSD League leaders Richmond

Hartlepool travel to top of the table Richmond on Saturday as the top of the NYSD league becomes increasingly tight.

The tie will also see two of Pools present top players return to their former club, but both will be wanting to impress and inflict defeat on their previous side.

Pool name the same side that took to the field last weekend, with the only absentee being Callum Prosser, who is yet to recover from a twisted ankle.

His absence will mean Pool will operate with just one paceman, and rely upon the spin of Shani Dissanayke, Mike Yuill and the variation of Chris Harrison.

Should it be required, Skipper Yuill will also have Jon Rickard and John Watson at his disposal.

It’s likely that Dissanayke will open the bowling alongside Lewis Stabler, something that Dissanayke did a lot when playing at Richmond.

Both will be accustomed to the wicket and ground and their experience could be vital.

Pool once again name a strong batting line up, with a top four that most clubs will be envious of.

Watson and Neil Coverdale will lead from the front, and both will want to push their starts onto bigger scores, preferably three figure ones.

And with Rickard and Dissanayke following them, Pool will be hoping to post a big total, or chase down any target.

Placed on an old velodrome, the ground tends to have a very quick outfield, and with short straight boundaries, players are rewarded for playing genuine aggressive shots.

With big Dave Seymour, Stabler and Alan Tebbett also in the wings, Pool will expect to see some positive cricket being played.

Making up the rest of the side will be Jackie Wilkinson and Steve Purcifer, who have both chipped in with vital runs this season, but again neither has pressed on to make a big score.

Richmond, despite losing some key players, have proved they still have a side capable of competing at the top of the division.

A young side who go into games with little distraction and back their own ability.

Presently Richmond head the table, with Darlington and Barnard Castle following closely behind.

Guisborough and Hartlepool are then tied in fourth place 36 points from top, although Pool do have a game in hand on all four of the aforementioned teams.

Next week, Pool will also travel to Stokesley on Thursday evening to play their quarter-final tie in the Kerridge cup.