Hawick and Wilton home in on victory

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HAWICK took on Melrose in an all-Border clash in Division 7 on a damp Saturday afternoon in what was the home side’s first match on their new artificial wicket.

The visitors won the toss and chose to field, with opening bowlers S. Hosney and J. Loftus bowling tight spells, making runs hard to come by for the batsman.

The Teries got to 45, before the wicket of Gary Alexander fell, being caught for 22 off the bowling of Thomas Brown.

The Solley brothers then batted sensibly before Declan fell for 25.

The run rate was very low, putting pressure on the middle order to score quickly, and Pierce Solley had to kick on. He stayed at the crease, with Euan Hair providing good support until the latter was bowled for a quick-fire 17.

Solley passed 50 as the Buccleuch Park men finished on a below par 161 for 5 from their allotted overs.

Melrose also found the going tough, with the pace of Neil Storey causing problems.

Captain Barry Scott was removed by Storey, with an excellent catch taken by Allan Moffat. And Storey claimed his second wicket, with another great catch taken by Moffat.

Colin Green and J. Loftus steadied the ship, however, the visitors were always behind the run rate. Green was caught at slip by Pierce Solley off the bowling of Gary Alexander for 26. Craig MacDougall picked up two late order wickets, both cleaned bowled and Ronan Alexander took three from the other end, including the wicket of Loftus with a well taken catch from Phil Mactaggart.