Hawick get Border League campaign off to winning start

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Hawick and Wilton opened their Border League season with a comfortable win at home to Manderston on Saturday.

The hosts got off to the worst possible start, though, after a top order collapse reduced them to 25 for 5.

Declan Solley and Dave McWatters steadied the ship before Solley fell for 13.

Stuart Hair came to the crease and built a good partnership with McWatters to get Hawick to a respectable total.

In the end, Hawick were bowled out for 94 with McWatters unbeaten on 48.

The Teries would have to be at their best to stand any chance of defending such a small total, and they got off to a perfect start with Neil Storey taking an early wicket.

Paul Rayner bowled well and deservedly notched three wickets in quick succession.

Storey then recorded his second and Clyde Inglis took a sharp run-out chance, before captain Doug Bryant came on to bowl, taking two wickets in consecutive deliveries.

The last-wicket partnership frustrated the home team before Ronan Alexander landed the final wicket as Hawick won by 43 runs.