High-five Alexander seals triumph for the Teries

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Hawick defeated RHC by 79 runs as they kept their slim hopes of promotion alive, with Gary Alexander taking a five-wicket haul.

Captain Allan Moffat won the toss and chose to bat, with the Teries needing to win and hoping there would be a slip-up by Heriot’s to get back into the top two.

But Hawick’s innings did not start off as they had hoped, losing wickets at key intervals as they were reduced to 25 for three, and having all top three batsman out without reaching double figures.

It soon became 46 for four when Benny Hartop was caught for 10. Declan Solley joined Phil Mactaggart at the crease and the pair put on 41 for the fifth wicket before the former fell for nine.

Mactaggart scored quickly at the other end, making 31 before being bowled by Dave Lawrie.

Wickets continued to tumble, but Neil Storey and Ronan Alexander set about rebuilding. However, as they looked to push on in the final stages, they were both caught in quick succession as the Teries were bowled out for just 114.

Hawick knew they had their work cut out, having to defend such a low total with the visitors bringing in players from their seconds to try to save their third XI from relegation.

However, Hawick struck an early blow when key batsman Alan Moore skied one high into the air, off the bowling of Storey, only for Ronan Alexander to make up a lot of ground and take a stunning catch over his shoulder to reduce RHC to zero for one.

Storey took his second wicket, with the score on 10, with Gary Alexander this time emulating his son with a superb diving catch low to his right in the slips.

Pierce Solley got his name in the scorebook, taking his first wicket lbw, to reduce the visitors to 11 for three.

And Solley then ran out Lawrie for 10 – the ball brushing Solley’s foot – with the batsman just short of his ground while backing up.

The final six wickets fell in quick succession, with Mactaggart taking a catch off the bowling of Hartop.

Gary Alexander took five for two, including another great catch, this time by Doug Bryant, as the visitors were skittled for 35 after 22 overs.

The result does not change much for the Teries, as Heriot’s won convincingly at the weekend and do not look like slipping up.

However, Hawick may get a chance of promotion if Division Five Musselburgh concede another game, which would mean they drop down two divisions.