Hawick’s Sunday best earns them victory

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Hawick and Wilton’s Border Sunday League side rounded off the season with a 14-run victory over Gala at Meigle Park.

The Teries batted first, and lost captain Declan Solley early doors, with Robbie Irvine taking the wicket. Fellow opener Gary Alexander looked in good touch but Robbie Pringle dismissed him for 15 after a smart catch from Finlay Rutherford.

Dave McWatters soon followed after making two, but youngsters Luke Trousdale and Ronan Alexander set about rebuilding things until the former was caught behind for 19. Allan Moffat made 28 to put the Buccleuch Park men into a respectable position. Alexander finished unbeaten on 43, with Dean Anderson on 10 as Hawick made 150 for five from their allotted overs.

Ryan Johnston opened the bowling for the visitors and dismissed Gala’s Jack Halls in the first over. Ronan Alexander took two wickets in his opening spell, removing Pringle for seven after a catch from McWatters. He then had the dangerous Dinesh Tharanga clean bowled for 19.

Gala skipper Craig Thomson and Kenny Paterson steadied the ship for the home side until the former skied a delivery to wicket-keeper Moffat. Gary Alexander had Jason Anthony caught behind from stand-in wicket-keeper Trousdale, who put the pads on after Moffat came on to bowl.

Ronan Alexander removed Paterson for 25 – a father and son combination – with dad Gary taking the catch. Johnston had Hastings removed to put the Teries in the driving seat, and Moffat trapped Dean Moir lbw as Hawick emerged victorious.