Defeat for Teries but they don’t let heads drop

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A young Hawick and Wilton side brought the curtain down on their season with a spirited performance at Edinburgh Cricket Club’s Campbell Park on Saturday.

Skipper Phil Mactaggart won the toss and chose to bat, and lost opener Ronan Alexander early on. However, Stuart Hair and Allan Moffat got the Teries off to a flyer, making use of the short boundary with Hair striking two maximums on his way to 28. Pierce Solley joined Moffat and punished any short deliveryby hitting to the short boundary.

Solley was bowled for 22 as Hawick put themselves into a strong position after the first 15 overs. Mactaggart kept the scoreboard ticking over, striking the ball cleanly towards the long on and long off boundary. However, he was bowled by Majeed, whose pacy deliveries were proving tricky to handle. Moffat duly reached his half-century, his third of the East of Scotland campaign.

Bruce Mactaggart played an excellent unbeaten 41 as the visitors tried to steer themselves to the 200-mark but fell just short on 194.

In reply, Edinburgh got off to the worst possible start, with Hawick bowlers Ryan Johnston and Hair doing the damage early doors to put the Buccleuch Park men in a commanding position. Andrew Johnston
and Alexander backed them up, with Bruce Mactaggart taking an excellent high catch off the bowling of Johnston.

Alexander picked up two wickets in his spell, including a great catch on the boundary by Solley. However, a parnership by Majeed and Imran, when the hosts were seven wickets down, took the game in their favour as they capitalised on anything loose.

Hawick never gave up despite some powerful hitting, and Solley found the breakthrough twice late on, but it was not enough as the city men got over the line with one wicket to spare in a very entertaining finish to round off what has been a great season for a youthful Hawick side.