No recovery from batting collapse for Hawick

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Hawick and Wilton started their 2014 East of Scotland Division Six campaign in disappointing fashion at Buccleuch Park on Saturday.

A severe case of early season ringrust fell upon the local side, along with a deluge of rain the previous day.

With the turf wickets saturated, the newly-installed astro wicket made the game possible.

Home skipper Stewart started well by winning the toss and choosing to bowl.

Openers Hair and Stewart bowled with pace and aggression before G. Alexander was brought into the attack and his control of line and length removed three top-order wickets.

Gardiner was batting well for the visitors, but with Hartop also picking up three wickets, for 11 runs, he was running out of partners.

Macdougall dispatched the last two Teuchter batsmen and close the visitors innings on 118.

After an excellent tea, the Hawick innings started in slow fashion, the visitors were bowling well and restricting scoring. This pressure saw a tumble of Hawick wickets with the top five contributing an underwhelming combined 17 runs. Only Stuart Hair stood tall for Hawick, batting with maturity and class he added 37 runs, at a run a ball.

The tail then subsided meekly with four ducks and only one run scored from the bat. The home innings ended all-out 63, giving Teuchters a victory by 55 runs.

After the match, Lee Stewart presented Gareth Welsh with his club cap for his first full representative match. Congratulations from all at the club.

The match was sponsored by Building Services & Maintenance, many thanks to Brian Mercer.