WINNING the toss on a damp and drizzly day St Boswells seconds opted to bat first in their Reserve League clash with Hawick.
That decision looked a mistake as Doug Bryant and Pierce Solley started ripping into the batting order.
Bossie were 14-3 then 37-4 before Rory Elms top-scored with 33 to bring them up to a more respectable 80-5. Another collapse then took the score to 94-8, before a crucial eighth wicket partnership by Craig Patterson (19 not out) and Jack Chambers (19) was worth 33. Bossie finished on 129-9 in the allotted 40 overs. Bryant and Solley both took four wickets each.
The Hawick innings got off to the worst possible start with James Boyle out first ball to Gavin Deans. Similar to Bossie, Hawick were 1-3 then 28-5 and 38-7 with Alan Rutter and Greg Lane cashing in with three for eight and four for 15 respectively.
A last-wicket stand of 29 between Liam Nichol and Bryant was just starting to worry St Boswells, when Andrew Rutter ended the innings by bowling the latter.
T. Goodman, b Bryant 3
G. Lane, b Bryant 8
E. Ruthven, lbw b P. Solley 13
C. Wilson, c Hair b Bryant 0
A. Rutter, b P. Solley 4
R. Elms, b P. Solley 33
L. Trousdale, b P. Solley 7
G. Deans, c P. Solley b Bryant 1
J. Chambers, c Baillie b Hair 19
C. Patterson, not out 19
A. Bakke, not out 1
Total for 9 129
Hawick & Wilton
J. Boyle, c Patterson b Deans 0
D. Solley, c Bakke b Rutter 0
P. Solley, c Trousdale b Deans 10
D. Anderson, c E. Ruthven b A Rutter 3
G. Baillie, c E. Ruthven b Greg Lane 10
E. Hair, b Lane 0
A. Moffat, c Trousdale b Lane 1
S. Hair, c G Lane b Ruthven 10
A. Parr, b Lane 0
L. Nichol, not out 11
D. Bryant, b Rutter 14
Total for 10 74