Below-par performance in all Border League clash

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Hawick took on Melrose in an all Border clash in Division Seven on a damp Saturday afternoon, writes Ronan Alexander.

This was the home side’s first match on their new artificial wicket.

The visitors won the toss and chose to field with opening bowlers Stuart Hosney and John Loftus bowling tight spells, making runs hard to come by for the batsman.

The Teries got to 45, before the wicket of Gary Alexander fell, being caught for 22 off the bowling of Thomas Brown.

The Solley brothers batted sensibly as Declan fell for 25.

The run rate was very low, putting pressure on the middle order to score quickly and Pierce Solley to kick on.

Solley stayed at the crease with Euan Hair providing good support until the latter was bowled for a quickfire 17.

Solley passed 50 as the Buccleuch Park men finished on a below par 161 for 5 from their allotted overs.

Melrose also found the going tough with the pace of Neil Storey causing problems.

Captain Barry Scott was removed by the aforementioned Storey and his replacement with two excellent catches taken by Allan Moffat.

Colin Green and Loftus steadied the ship, however the visitors were always behind the run rate.

Green was caught at slip by Pierce Solley off the bowling of Gary Alexander for 26.

Craig MacDougall picked up two late order wickets, both cleaned bowled as Ronan Alexander took three from the other end, including the wicket of Loftus with a well-taken catch from Phil MacTaggart.

Hawick & Wilton

G. Alexander, c Scott b Hosney22

D. Solley, c Loftus b Scott25

P. Solley, not out66

P. MacTaggart, b Loftus7

E. Hair, b Brown17

B. MacTaggart, b Loftus1

A. Moffat, not out2

Extras21

Total for 5161

Melrose

C. Green, c P. Solley b G. Alexander26

B. Scott, c Moffat b Storey2

R. McLennan, c Moffat b Storey14

S. Hosney, c D. Solley b G. Alexander5

J. Loftus, c P. MacTaggart

b R. Alexander21

A. Hosney, not out15

M. Runciman, c Storey b R. Alexander6

R. Ward, b MacDougall0

W. Owen, b R. Alexander0

T. Brown, b MacDougall0

Extras10

Total all out99

z Gala Cricket Club holds the annual Border Sixes this Sunday at Meigle Park (10.30am).

The hosts take on holders St Boswells, Melrose and Kelso, while Biggar, Langholm, Hawick and Selkirk are in pool two.

The winners of each section play in the final.