Hawick and Wilton recorded a five-wicket victory at Melrose on Saturday, with Allan Moffat scoring an unbeaten 68 to guide the Teries home.
With skipper Lee Stewart injured, Hawick’s stand-in captain Neil Storey won the toss and chose to bowl first – and Melrose openers Barry Scott and Colin Green got off to a steady start, punishing anything loose from the attack.
However, Ronan Alexander found the breakthrough as Green flicked the ball behind for Moffat to take the catch. This brought Sharif Hosney to the crease and the visitors thought he edged behind off the bowling of Gary Alexander but was given not out.
Gary Alexander then bowled Josh Loftus and Darren King, with his son, Evan Alexander, taking an excellent diving catch. Storey then thought he had Hosney caught behind, but for the second time he did not walk and was given not out, much to the disbelief of the fielding side.
Ryan Johnston was handed the task of bowling at the death with Ronan Alexander, and the former picked up two late scalps, with Alexander notching one, as the home side finished on 144 for eight in what was a great comeback from Hawick after Scott and Green had put Melrose into a commanding position.
In reply, the Buccleuch Park men got off to a steady start before Declan Solley was run out for six. Ronan Alexander was stumped for 15, as Gary Alexander and Moffat then took the game to Melrose, taking full advantage of any loose deliveries to put Hawick firmly in control.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic, though, and Alexander was out lbw for 22, which sparked a Melrose fightback as Hosney picked up two quick wickets, with youngster King impressing with the ball.
Hawick were not to be denied, and late sixes from Moffat and Bruce Mactaggart got the Teries over the line.