Capital punishment for Hawick and Wilton

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Hawick and Wilton’s disappointing season with the bat continued as they were skittled out for just 30 at Division Six favourites Tranent on Saturday.

The visitors got off to a great start, with openers Lee Stewart and Neil Storey bowling very tightly, and their pressure paid off when Stewart found the breakthrough early doors.

Benny Hartop was the next man to get his name in the scorebook after he dismissed the home side’s wicketkeeper Scott Russell, who was playing his 100th game for the hosts.

However, Tranent’s next partnership proved pivotal, and started to take the game away from Hawick, as Altaf and Fahim put on 150 runs for the next wicket, with the latter reaching his century.

Storey came back on to repare the damage and Altaf was caught at mid-wicket for 36. Once the latter had departed, the runs started to dry up for the home side as Stewart picked up his second wicket of the match. Ronan Alexander and Pierce Solley had the job of bowling at the death, and Alexander took four wickets, including his first ever hat-trick, to keep the Teries in contention.

The Edinburgh side posted Hawick a target of 216 to win, and they got off to the worst possible start, as both Solley brothers were dismissed inside the first over. Allan Moffatt and Hartop tried to steady the ship but were both removed leg before, for eight in quick succession. The Buccleuch Park men’s innings never got going and they were soon all out for just 30 with no batsman reaching double figures.

Despite this hefty defeat, the Teries can certainly be happy with the way they bowled at the start and end of the innings as they aim to bounce back with a victory at Old Contemptibles CC this weekend.