Hawick and Wilton’s faint hopes of automatic promotion were dashed after Saturday’s five-run defeat at Edinburgh Cricket Club.
Their only hope now is that Musselburgh are forced to concede another game which would see the Teries retain a slim chance of reaching Division Six.
Hawick skipper Allan Moffat put the home side in to bat, and the visitors got off to a great start when Pierce Solley removed Imran Khan for a duck. Khan scored a century when the Edinburgh side visited Buccleuch Park.
On what was a bouncy artificial wicket, the batsmen looked to score from over-pitched full deliveries, but Stuart Hair notched two quick wickets, with twin brother Ewan taking three catches. Gary Alexander picked up his solitary wicket, bowling Afzal for 16.
Benny Hartop claimed four wickets, while Neil Storey bowled his eight overs for the loss of only eight runs in two tight spells to give Hawick the edge at the innings break as the homesters finished 162 for nine.
The Teries lost their top three early doors to put Edinburgh in the driving seat. However, Hartop and Moffat steadied the ship, before the former was dismissed for 27, a delivery which he felt he did not edge behind. Phil Mactaggart added eight to leave the match hanging in the balance. Ewan Hair’s quickfire 15 included two sixes to reduce the run rate, before Bruce Mactaggart was bowled for three. Moffat was joined at the crease by Stuart Hair and set about reaching the total before the latter was removed lbw to a ball that hit the bat before his pad.
Storey came and went for four, which meant Ronan Alexander joined Moffat with the Teries needing 17 for victory. But the Buccleuch Park men came up five runs short when Moffat was dismissed for a patient 53.