Capital gain for Hawick and Wilton

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A half-century from Phil Mactaggart, aided by Neil Storey in a crucial 48-run partnership, saw Hawick over the line with two wickets to spare at home to Edinburgh on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, and it was the Teries’ Ryan Johnston who made the breakthrough with the score on nine. Hawick couldn’t capitalise on this, though, and poor fielding and dropped catches put them on the back foot.

Stuart Hair managed to break the visiting partnership, with Pierce Solley taking the catch. Farooq and Khan moved the score onto 83, at which point Neil Storey notched two quick wickets to give Hawick the upper hand.

Ronan Alexander then got in on the act to reduce the visitors to 84 for five. Edinburgh’s captain, Khan, went on to rack up his half-century, but when he was dismissed by Storey for 61, wickets began to tumble. Alexander had earlier picked up his second of the match, before Solley came on and took three wickets for just four runs as the capital side were bowled out for 132.

In reply, Euan Hair and Alexander set a solid platform before the latter was caught behind with the score on 21. Hawick then lost Hair for 14 to reduce the Teries to 30 for two. Solley was the next man out after Khan took an excellent catch at long off and suddenly the hosts had plenty to think about.

However, Allan Moffat and Phil Mactaggart steadied matters, taking Hawick into the 70s before Moffat was caught behind for 17.

Storey and Phil Mactaggart held their nerve to edge Hawick towards their target, keeping the scoreboard ticking over, while frustrating the visitors.

Phil Mactaggart reached his first half-century of the season off just 36 balls to put the Buccleuch Park men on the road to victory, and although Storey was then bowled for 20, a composed Bruce Mactaggart hit the winning runs to earn Hawick the victory.