Teries in last-game thriller

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A young Hawick side travelled to Campbell Park on Saturday to take on promoted Edinburgh CC, with rain in the air.

Skipper Phil Mactaggart won the toss and chose to bat, and lost opener Ronan Alexander early on.

However, Stuart Hair and Allan Moffat got the Teries off to a flyer, making use of the short boundary, with Hair striking two maximums on his way to 28.

Pierce Solley joined Moffat, and punished any short delivery before being bowled for 22.

Bruce Mactaggart continued from where Solley left off, striking the ball cleanly and consolidating the Teries’ good start. However, he was bowled by Majeed, who bowled an excellent quicker ball which deceived most of the Hawick batsmen.

Moffat reached his half-century, his third of the East of Scotland campaign, and Mactaggart played an excellent unbeaten 41 as the youngsters around them tried to steer Hawick to the 200 mark, but fell just short on 194.

In reply, the hosts got off to the worst possible start, with Hawick bowlers Ryan Johnston and Hair finding early breakthroughs. Andrew Johnston and Alexander backed them up, with Bruce Mactaggart taking an excellent high catch off the bowling of Johnston. Alexander picked up two wickets in his spell, including a great catch on the boundary by Solley.

However, a partnership by Majeed and Imran, when the hosts were seven wickets down, looked to take the game in their favour.

The Teries never gave up and Solley found the breakthrough twice late on. But it was not enough as the city men got over the line with one wicket to spare in a very entertaining finish to round off what has been a great season for a very young Hawick side.