Stewart to the fore, but Hawick relying on others

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Hawick and Wilton defeated Murrayfield DAFS 4ths by 107 runs, with Lee Stewart taking four wickets to keep their slim promotion hopes alive, writes Ronan Alexander.

Captain Allan Moffat won the toss and chose to bat, as Hawick got off to a steady start, before Gary Alexander was given out leg before for 20.

The Teries suffered a setback when Pierce Solley and Benny Hartop fell in quick succession.

This brought Phil MacTaggart to the crease, who steadied the ship with Moffat, before the latter fell for 62 off the bowling of Barton. As the Buccleuch Park men tried to up the ante, they lost wickets at key times, including MacTaggart, who was run out for a solid knock of 33.

Stuart and Euan Hair reached double figures, with 12 and 10 to their names.

Neil Storey finished unbeaten on 13 as the visitors posted 192 for eight from their 40 overs.

Hawick had their tails up, as they gave their all to remain in the promotion hunt. They got off to an excellent start, reducing the home side to 14 for six, with Stewart picking up three wickets in his first spell, Ronan Alexander taking two and Neil Storey claiming one.

Verma and Kumar fought back for the Edinburgh side, before the latter was Stewart’s fourth scalp of the match.

Hawick picked up the final three wickets in quick succession, including a run out for Neil Storey, and Stuart Hair picking up his first of the game, with Verma unbeaten on 32 as DAFS were all out for 85.

Hawick still need Heriot’s to slip up to get back into second place in the table with three games remaining.