Hawick and Wilton’s away day joy

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A good overall performance on the field earned Hawick and Wilton the points in Saturday’s East of Scotland clash at Melrose.

After winning the toss, the visitors elected to field and this decision was rewarded with a wicket in the first over with the home side’s opener edging to Hawick’s wicketkeeper off the bowling off Storey,

Melrose’s number three set about the Hawick bowling with a few lusty blows but runs at the other end were hard to find, with Storey continuing his good form by claiming his fourth wicket. But try as he might, he couldn’t quite manage his first five-wicket haul.

At other end, Benny Hartop was introduced and quickly snared two wickets to put Hawick in strong position. Bryant then came on to clean up the tail with three wickets to leave the Teries chasing 63 for victory.

After tea, Hawick made a slight change to the batting order to give those further down the chance of impressing with big games coming up. and Storey and Declan Solley opened, but the former was soon back in the pavillion without troubling the scorer.

Macdougall took to the crease in combatitive fasion and showed his intent with some tasty leg-side shots before he went for one too many and was out lbw,

Normal service resumed with Pierce Solley joining brother Declan in edging the Buccleuch Park men closer to victory before the former holed out for a quick 15. Hartop then partnered Declan Solley and both took Hawick past without too much fuss with Solley on 11 and Hartop nine

A club spokesperson said: “We maybe should have thought about batting to get some match practice ahead of the next couple of games, but a win is a win and another 20 points comes our way.

“However, we’re expecting a tougher test on Saturday when we take on Heriot’s at home.”