Alexanders instrumental in cross-border raid

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A HALF-CENTURY from Gary Alexander and 42 from son Ronan was enough to earn Hawick and Wilton the win in Sunday’s friendly at Ponteland.

The Englishmen batted first and found it difficult on a tough pitch, before seeing off opening bowlers Doug Bryant and Paul Rayner.

However, young Ryan Johnston found the breakthrough, and with the home side’s opening batsman retired once he had reached his hard-hitting 50, and after that, the Teries found wickets easier to come by with Gary Alexander picking up a brace.

With Hawick short on numbers, Ponteland bowler Ashley Parker joined the team and picked up a wicket for his efforts. Ronan Alexander claimed two victims to restrict the hosts to 95 for six.

Hawick skipper Craig Macdougall got his name on the scoresheet when bagging his 16th wicket of the season.

After a run-out on the last ball of the innings, the homesters set the Buccleuch Park men 129 for victory in their 35 overs.

The Teries got off to a slow start, and lost opener Rayner early doors. This brought the two Alexanders to the crease, and they dug in to reach their 50 partnership before Alexander senior was forced to retire once he made his half-century.

Hawick then lost Gareth Welsh and Dave McWatters in quick succession, after which Alexander was run out for 42.

Allan Moffat and Parker guided the visitors over the line with two overs to spare.