Hawick downed by Kelso’s Sunday best

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A century by Kelso captain Greg Davidson gave the Tweedsiders a comfortable victory over a young Hawick and Wilton team at Buccleuch Park in the Border Sunday League.

The visitors made 209 for five from their 35 overs, with the first wicket coming through a run-out with Justin Tait and Dean Anderson instrumental. Andrew Gray then made a quick 40 before he skied one to Allan Moffat off the bowling of Dave McWatters.

Morgan Tait picked up Hawick’s third wicket, with Declan Solley providing the catch, as Ben Grindell was out for 37. Another run-out, following a mix-up between brothers Greg and Callum Davidson, saw the latter depart for two. Ryan Johnston scored the fifth wicket with the last ball of the innings with Justin Tait taking the catch.

Kelso skipper Davidson’s unbeaten century included eight boundaries but Hawick will regret missing several chances to get him out.

Kelso’s total of 210 looked a tall order for Hawick and their task was compounded when losing opener Ronan Alexander for 12, before his partner at the crease, Declan Solley, was caught for six.

Gareth Welsh and McWatters were both out in single figures, but Morgan Tait and Dean Anderson strengthened the Hawick innings in a partnership worth 39, until the latter was caught in the slips after adding 19.

Justin Tait scored his first senior runs with an impressive ten, with his brother Morgan making 29 in what was a fine knock for the Teries.

However, the target was beyond Hawick, and Michael Boyle was their last man out after making a swift nine as the home side finished 111 all out.