HAWICK and Wilton 1st XI were well beaten by visitors Kelso, going down by 115 runs.
Upon winning the toss, the away side decided to bat first. Hawick got off to a great start when Greg Baillie clean bowled T. Grindall, with the visitors on eight runs. However, this led to the partnership of Wilson and Gibson, who batted sensibly and punished anything short or wide.
With the score on 83, Baillie claimed his second of three wickets, Wilson nicking one back to wicketkeeper Allan Moffat. This only brought Kelso’s Australian pro to the crease, and he patiently kept the scoreboard ticking over, until Baillie found the edge of Gibson’s bat.
Craig Macdougall was then brought on to see if he could contain the Kelso onslaught, and he did, by first clean- bowling Patterson, and then having Cessford caught with a great reaction catch in the slips by Neil Storey. Macdougall then ran out M. Henderson in comical fashion. After being warned about leaving his crease during the bowler’s run-up, Henderson continued to try and steal a couple of yards, and in doing so found Macdougall sending him back to the pavilion.
On the last ball of the Kelso innings, Baillie ran out the last batsman, leaving a total of 182 to chase down in the allocated overs. Pick of the bowlers were Baillie with 3-20, and Macdougall with 2-22.
Hawick and Wilton’s innings got off to a bad start when a mix-up in the middle saw Baillie run out for 1. Things turned from bad to worse as Benny Hartop nicked one back to the Kelso wicketkeeper, as did Moffat, who top-scored with 13.
With the score on 21-5, Hawick needed a miracle to get anything out the game. Bruce Mactaggart scored 11, with a couple of hefty blows. Declan Solley, who had batted for an exceptionally long time, finally departed, being trapped lbw for 11. The only other batsman to reach double figures was young Stuart Hair, scoring 12, with some textbook cover drives. Kelso finally wrapped things up with Hawick being all out for 67.
Hawick 2nds travelled to St Boswells to kickstart their season’s campaign, but the day ended in defeat.
Batting first, St Boswells got a total of 129 for 9 off 40 overs, with Elms hitting some lusty blows for them. However, the effort and commitment from the young Hawick side in the field and with the ball was excellent, with Doug Bryant and Pierce Solley picking up four wickets each. Euan Hair picked up the final wicket in the final over.
Despite not taking any wickets, Stuart Hair, Rory Anderson and Andrew Parr bowled a consistent good line and length as well.
Hawick’s innings never really got started, and they ended up being out for a disappointing score of 80. Considering they were 40-9 at one point that was some sort of achievement, and they were indebted to some solid and sensible batting from Bryant and Liam Nichol.
Bryant top-scored with 14 as Hawick fell 49 runs short.
A poor result and batting display from Hawick, but there were many positives to take from this game, in particular Bryant and Solley’s bowling and the good, committed fielding from the young Hawick side.
Hawick and Wilton’s 1st XI for tomorrow’s away match at Melrose (1.30pm) - P MacTaggart, N Storey, A Johnston, A Moffat, G Baillie, B Hartop, A Weir, D Solley, R Common, D Welsh, C Macdougall. Reserves - D Bryant, S Hair.
Sunday’s 2nd XI away to Kelso (1.30pm) - D Solley, A Moffat, D Bryant, S Hair, E Hair, P Solley, G Baillie, R Anderson, J Boyle, A Parr, C Macdougall.