An outstanding team effort from Hawick and Wilton saw the Teries defeating Selkirk at Philiphaugh on Sunday to secure custody of the Ronnie Simpson Memorial Trophy.
In a match played in great spirits, Hawick skipper Pierce Solley won the toss, and chose to bat – a decision which saw the Teries get off to the worst possible start after James Boyle was bowled by Jordan Reid.
The score then became four for two when Ronan Alexander dragged one on off a delivery from Rory Banks, who bowled an excellent eight-over spell during which he conceded only ten runs.
Hawick youngsters Morgan Tait and Gareth Welsh relieved the pressure and took the score to 22, before the latter was caught off the bowling of Alexander Beveridge for seven. Gary Alexander joined Tait at the crease and they built a 46-run partnership, punishing some poor Selkirk bowling, until Alexander was dismissed for 28.
When Tait was given out lbw off the bowling of J. Graham for a well-played 18, the visitors lost their – and Solley was caught by Harry Murphy off the bowling of Kyle Easson for five, before Easson had Kyle Douglas bowled to leave the visitors on 80 for seven. Evan Alexander made one before he was bowled by Graham to put the home side in control with Hawick on 80 for eight.
However, Allan Moffat and Ryan Johnston put the Teries back on an even keel, with the former hitting four boundaries on his way to 26 before being given out lbw in a vital 35-run partnership with Johnston.
Michael Boyle clattered his first ball for four – his first ever senior boundary – and joined Johnston in putting together an entertaining last wicket stand of 34 which saw the latter play two excellent lofted drives back over the bowler’s head in consecutive deliveries for a knock of 19 before he was caught off the last ball of the innings as Hawick made 149 all out.
In reply, Selkirk made a cautious start and opening bowler Tait had N. Gentleman caught behind by Moffat. The home side’s top order then endured a mini-collapse, withMurphy and O. Fyfe dismissed by a run-out by Michael Boyle and Moffat, after which Johnston took his first wicket of the match to put the visitors on the front foot.
Grant Kinghorn joined Graham at the crease and they took the score past 30 before Kinghorn was caught behind for 11 off the bowling of Ronan Alexander. Banks made eight before Tait took the catch as Ronan Alexander picked up his second scalp of the day to put Hawick firmly in control.
Selkirk opener Graham was given out lbw for 33, an innings which included two fours. Brown was then bowled by Gary Alexander for six, which brought Jordan Reid to the crease, and although the latter began to bring Souters back into the match he was soon out lbw by Johnston for 15.
Welsh caught Beveridge for one, before skipper Solley rounded the game off with the last wicket to give the Teries a well-earned 45-run victory and their first piece of silverware this season.