Steady scoring Teries stay top of sixth division

Hawick and Wilton vs OCCC at Hawick. Ronan Alexander batting for Hawick.
Hawick and Wilton vs OCCC at Hawick. Ronan Alexander batting for Hawick.

Hawick & Wilton beat Old Contemptibles

by 109 runs

Hawick defeated fellow promotion hopefuls Old Contemptibles by 109 runs at Buccleuch Park on Saturday to remain at the top of East of Scotland Division Six.

The Teries were put in to bat by their opponents and got off to a steady start with father and son duo Gary and Ronan Alexander putting on 42 for the first wicket.

The former dominated the scoring, striking several boundaries to continue his outstanding start to the season as he made 28, to take his tally to 192 runs so far.

Pierce Solley joined Ronan Alexander at the crease and the pair made a stand of 38 for the second wicket as Hawick looked in a controlling position at the halfway stage at 80 for two.

However, the visitors fought back with another wicket as Ewan Hair was caught and bowled off the bowling of Lomax for one.

Allan Moffat came in next and began to up the ante as he cleared the ropes on more than one occasion to put the hosts into pole position.

Opener Alexander was bowled after making a solid 40, which included three fours and one six. Skipper Phil Mactaggart joined Moffat and the pair looked to kick into the final 15 overs before the former was caught after contributing 20.

The visitors kept going and got their reward as Bruce Mactaggart was caught for two, before Stuart Hair joined Moffat and the pair took the total over 200, with the latter reaching his quickfire half century, before Hair was caught on the boundary for 24 as the Teries posted 207 for 7.

In reply, the vistors got off to the worst possible start with Hawick’s opening bowlers Neil Storey and Ryan Johnston causing problems.

They both took two wickets each to put the Buccleuch Park men into a commanding position with the visitors struggling on 28 for 4.

Raza and Robertson began to rebuild and the pair made a partnership of 36 before Lee Stewart removed the former for 26 with Johnston taking the catch.

Stewart continued his excellent eight-over spell, picking up a further two wickets, with Stuart Hair claiming one to put Hawick on the verge of victory with Old Contemptibles on 78 for 8.

Gary Alexander picked up the final two wickets, meaning the Edinburgh side were 98 all-out, giving the Teries a convincing victory.