Hawick cricketers topple leaders

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Hawick and Wilton made it two wins on the trot after defeating East of Scotland Division 6 leaders Livingston in an excellent all-round performance at Buccleuch Park on Saturday.

The Teries batted first and the father-and-son opening combination of Gary and Ronan Alexander set the tone as they put on 62 for the first wicket, with Gary being the first man out after making a quickfire 41. This became 75 for two when Bruce Mactaggart was caught for five but the home side still looked in a strong position to kick on.

A steady partnership of 53 between Ronan Alexander and Allan Moffat gave Hawick an excellent platform in the latter stages of the innings, before Moffat was well caught on the boundary for 23. Alexander completed his first half-century and was joined by Phil Mactaggart, but neither were able to bat throough to the end as they were caught on 71 and 28 respectively. Neil Storey then helped guide Hawick past 200 after an unbeaten 13 as Livingston were set 204 runs for victory.

Storey bowled an outstanding opening spell and was extremely unlucky not to get a wicket with eight overs for just 10 runs. This ensured the visitors had to play their shots to get back into the game and their efforts enabled Gary Alexander to pick up two wickets as both openers were dismissed.

Clark and Jarvis rebuilt the league leaders’ innings but they were always slightly behind the pace and skipper Jarvis was out for 34 off the bowling of Gary Alexander, which left Livi on 86 for three. Dean Anderson took the wicket of Clark for 28 to put the Teries firmly in control, after which Khalid came out to bat with intent but was caught on the boundary by Morgan Tait off the bowling of Ronan Alexander after making 20.

Ronan Alexander notched his second wicket soon after, and two wickets from Ryan Johnston, plus one from Tait, meant the visitors finished on 131 for nine, with Hawick running out victors by 72 runs.