Double joy for Hawick in winning weekend

Hawick and Wilton v Penicuik
Hawick and Wilton v Penicuik

HAWICK enjoyed a weekend of successes as they swept past struggling side Clackmannan County 2nds on Saturday before finally finding their second Border League victory of the season with a convincing victory over Penicuik the following day.

After their journey up to Alloa the home side won the toss and put Hawick in to bat, with Declan Solley and Allan Moffat opening up.

Solley was first to fall, being run out for 16 with Moffat having passed 50.

Pierce Solley scored a quickfire 28 to put the visitors in a commanding position to build from. However, that was not the case as Hawick never really upped the ante with Euan Hair falling for nine, Lee Stewart caught behind for two and Bruce Mactaggart soon followed without troubling the scorers.

Moffat approached his century but couldn’t quite get over the line, having been given out lbw for an impressive 91.

Phil MacTaggart saw the innings through finishing unbeaten on 25 as the Teries posted a competitive total of 183 for six.

Clackmannan started their chase slowly but steadily as the Hawick bowlers found the breakthrough hard to come by.

However, a change of ends for Neil Storey did the trick, bowling Malcolmson for 16 and Craig MacDougall had the other opener lbw for 41.

The home side appeared to be in control but Stewart removed the danger man for 55 to give the Teries some hope.

And Storey took the wicket of Clackmannan captain Nick Bryant-Nichols to give the Buccleuch Park men a way back into the game.

Ronan Alexander bowled extremely well under pressure taking two wickets for four runs from his four overs and there was some neat bowling by Stewart, who also took two wickets at the death, leaving the Alloa side on 160 for eight and giving Hawick a crucial away victory.

n Hawick got the better of Penicuik on Sunday.

The visitors batted first, with opening bowler Ronan Alexander finding the first breakthrough, with Dave McWatters taking a catch at mid wicket.

It was the same combination for the next wicket to put the home side in a good position. And Ryan Johnston took two wickets in two balls to put Hawick firmly in the driving seat.

Pierce Solley bowled well and was soon rewarded, taking three wickets in his eight over spell.

George Liddle set about rebuilding the innings but was removed for 16 by Alexander, taking his third wicket. And Stuart Hair made sure the tail didn’t wag, taking his first wicket of the match.

Young Gareth Welsh then took his first senior wicket, as the young Teries restricted the visitors to 88 all out.

Hawick started their innings brightly, getting well above the required rate, but opener Luke Trousdale fell and Alexander followed in quick succession.

McWatters joined stand-in skipper Declan Solley at the crease, but the former fell for ten to give Penicuik some slight hope of getting back into the game.

However, that was not the case as Stuart Hair batted fluently for an unbeaten 39 and Solley finished on 22 as the home side won convincingly.