Hawick fall short in first Div 6 defeat

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Hawick and Wilton suffered the first defeat of their East of Scotland Division 6 campaign after a disappointing batting performance at Kirk Brae 2nds on Saturday.

However, with the ball and in the field it was a great effort from the Teries, for whom Neil Storey set the tone, conceding just eight runs in a tight eight-over spell, during which he was unlucky not to pick up a wicket.

The breakthrough came from Stuart Hair, with Phil Mactaggart taking the tough catch. Gary Alexander also bowled well and deserved more than one wicket which came when Bruce Mactaggart took an excellent one-handed catch to dismiss opener M. Raja for 24.

Pierce Solley was the next man into Hawick’s attack and he bowled an outstanding spell, racking up five wickets and restricting the home side from increasing the scoring rate, with the first of those five coming from an edge which Allan Moffat held onto behind the stumps.

Solley then bowled two batsmen in quick succession to put the visitors in firm control, before notching a further two deserved wickets, both coming from comfortable catches by Gary and Ronan Alexander.

The latter then went on to land his first wicket of the match and then helped take the visitors’ last wicket with a run-out which left Kirk Brae on 108 for nine from their 40 overs.

With Hawick scoring more than 200 in their last two outings, this looked like a task they were more than capable of accomplishing, but they got off to the worst possible start when losing openers Gary and Ronan Alexander in single figures, before Hair and Moffat were swiftly dispatched by the dangerous K. Shahzad.

Pierce Solley and Phil Mactaggart set about the rebuilding task, with the former making 13 before he was caught, leaving Hawick struggling to make inroads .

Storey was next to the crease and he stayed composed along with Mactaggart as the pair punished any loose deliveries. However, Phil Mactaggart was then bowled after making a vital 34, after which Bruce Mactaggart was out lbw to put the hosts back in the driving seat.

Storey played well but was bowled for 17 with Hawick’s tail end not having quite enough to get over the line as they failed to reach their target.