Hawick and Wilton got their defence of the Activity Presidents Plate off to a great start with a nine-wicket defeat of Penicuik at Buccleuch Park on Sunday.
Bowling first, the home side’s Ryan Johnston found his range again with the score on nine for the second day in a row. Penicuik’s other opening batsman was then run out by Declan Solley with the visitors on 20 for two.
However, S. Charleson and N. Hafiz set about the rebuilding task, until the latter was bowled by Ronan Alexander for 11. S. Charleson was bowled by Gareth Welsh for a well-played 31 to leave the visitors on 71 for four.
R. Charleson and J. Easton tried to up the ante towards the end of the innings, but Craig Macdougall notched two late wickets to prevent the visitors from reaching 100. Johnston then picked up his second of the game, before a last ball run out to leave Penicuik 96 all out in what was a good bowling performance from Hawick, who only conceded four extras throughout the innings
In reply, Hawick openers Solley and Alexander batted solidly before the former was caught for 11. Alexander was joined by Allan Moffat and they punished any bad deliveries, with their 50 partnership coming off just 44 deliveries as they looked to ease home.
The visitors did all they could to get back into the game, but four maximums from Moffat, as well as a reverse sweep from Alexander, saw the Teries into the semi-finals with a comfortable win.