Moffat clatters Clackmannan as Hawick’s promotion push receives boost

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Hawick captain Allan Moffat missed out on his first hundred of the season as the Teries defeated struggling Clackmannan County 2nds in Alloa.

Hawick batted first, with Declan Solley and Moffat opening up, but the former was first to fall, being run out for 16 with Moffat having passed 50.

Pierce Solley scored a quickfire 28 to put the visitors in a commanding position to build from. However, that was not the case as Hawick never really upped the ante and suffered a mini batting collapse.

Moffat approached his century, but couldn’t quite get over the line, having been given out lbw for an impressive 91 as Hawick posted a competitive total of 183 for six.

A change of ends for Neil Storey, and change of pace for Craig MacDougall, did the trick by removing both Clackmannan openers.

The home team were in control, which stunned the travelling side, but Lee Stewart removed the dangerman Alangir for 55 to give the Teries some hope.

Storey took the wicket of Clackmannan captain Nick Bryant-Nichols to leave the homesters four down. Ronan Alexander bowled extremely well under pressure, taking two wickets for four runs, and some neat bowling at the death by Stewart, who also took two late wickets, saw the Alloa side finish 160 for eight.

Hawick move into second spot in Division Seven after leaders Tranent’s two-wicket defeat of Heriots 3rds.

The following day, Hawick finally found their second Border Sunday League victory of the season at home to Penicuik.

The visitors batted first, with opening bowler Ronan Alexander taking two quick wickets, with two catches for Dave McWatters. Ryan Johnston grabbed two wickets and Pierce Solley had three victims while Gareth Welsh took his first senior wicket, as the young Teries restricted the visitors to 88 all out.

Hawick started their innings brightly, getting well above the required rate, but lost three quick wickets.

Stand-in skipper Declan Solley scored an unbeaten 22, with Stuart Hair posting a great knock of 39 not out to give the young side a convincing win.