Young Hawick bowlers no match for Tharanga

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Hawick were comprehensively defeated against Gala at Meigle Park on Tuesday night in the Border 20/20 Cup.

The home side batted first and laid a solid platform as openers Jack Halls and David Boland put on 27 for the first wicket which came from Neil Storey as Halls was out for 12.

Ryan Johnston had Boland caught for 13 to leave Gala on 43 for two. The Teries kept taking wickets at regular intervals but bowled far too many wides and didn’t bowl with enough control which gifted the hosts extra runs as they continued to accelerate on throughout the innings.

Ronan Alexander picked up a brace of wickets including Josh Irvine who made 20 before being caught by Bruce Mactaggart.

Youngsters Morgan Tait and Gareth Welsh were giving the tough task of bowling at the death as Dinesh Tharanga top scored with 37 and Kris Mein making 22 before Welsh dismissed both of them in his impressive spell. A run out on the last ball meant Hawick were given the tough task of chasing 153 runs for victory.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start with Kris Mein tearing through Hawick’s top order before Halls picked up the wicket of Stuart Hair to leave the Teries on four for four with victory already out of sight. Alexander and Allan Moffat provided the only hint of resistance before they were dismissed for eight and 12.

Hawick never recovered as Dean Moir picked up three wickets and Tharanga claiming a brace as Gala ran out comfortable winners by 112 runs with the visitors all out for 40.