Hawick down Dunbar for three wins on bounce

Hawick made it three wins in a row after defeating Dunbar at Buccleuch Park on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat on an artificial wicket due to heavy rain the previous day, and opening bowlers Neil Storey and Lee Stewart kept things tight early on with the batsman playing cautiously and runs hard to come by.

The batsman frustrated the Hawick fielders as they could not find a wicket as they put on 67 runs for the first wicket in very slow time. It was Ryan Johnston who found the breakthrough and Stuart Hair taking the catch.

Dunbar had put themselves in a position where they really needed to kick on but had plenty wickets in hand so the batsman could start playing their shots.

However, Johnston picked up his second of the game with another of his slower balls deceiving the batsman to leave the visitors on 82 for two.

Dunbar couldn’t find a partnership to get them towards a par score as they lost five wickets for only 40 runs. This included one from Storey, with the batsman edging behind to wicketkeeper Allan Moffat for 35.

Stuart Hair again impressed with the ball, with his eight overs going for just 12 runs and also picking up his 18th wicket of the season.

Johnston claimed his third wicketof the match with Gareth Welsh taking the catch. Stewart rounded things off at the end, notching two wickets in the last over of the innings to leave Dunbar on 120 for seven from their 40 overs.

The Teries got off to the worst possible start with the bat with the early departure of Euan Hair and Ronan Alexander to leave the hosts on 23 for two.

However, Moffat and Pierce Solley steadied the ship and put the home side into a strong position, with Moffat making his highest score of the Division Six campaign so far with 35 in a 76-run partnership with Solley. The latter fell just short of a half-century when run out for 42.

With Hawick now on 107 for four, requiring only 14 to win, they looked extremely comfortable. But Dunbar never gave up, and their spirited display sparked a batting collapse among Teri ranks, with Hair, Storey and Stewart dismissed in quick succession.

Father and son Bruce and Phil Mactaggart remained resolute, though, holding their nerve to guide the hosts over the line.