Hawick & Wilton secured promotion to East Division Five with a clinical display in defeating Boroughmuir II by a massive 255 runs at Buccleuch Park on Saturday.
After falling two runs short last week, 17-year-old Ronan Alexander reached his maiden ton seven days later as he carried his bat through the full 40 overs.
After being put in to bat Gary Alexander and son Ronan punished any loose deliveries as the Hawick innings set off at a frantic pace. Alexander senior got off the mark with a six and a four before departing for a swift 33. That was nothing compared to Euan Hair who tore into the Boroughmuir bowling with relish being severe on anything short as he raced to 50 off only 25 balls. When he edged one behind having scored 57, the home team were in complete command.
Allan Moffat joined Alexander and they continued to keep the scorers busy as the total passed 200. Moffat continued his fine form ending on 75 not out. It was left to Alexander though to take the applause of the healthy crowd as he reached the magical three figures in the final over and his 102 not out contributed to a formidable total of 297 for 2.
Stuart Hair’s five-wicket haul contributed greatly to a dynamic spell in the field for the Hawick outfit as Boroughmuir finished 42 all out.
This was possibly Hawick’s best all-round performance of the season. High scores batting first has been their greatest strength throughout the campaign but, for the first time, they really delivered with the ball to put the opposition to the sword.
It is worth noting that eight of the visitor’s wickets were taken by products of the Hawick Primary School Kwik cricket set-up as were fifty-maker Euan Hair and centurion Ronan Alexander. In that respect a day of real satisfaction for Allan Moffat and all his hard working youth helpers.
It turned out not such a bad day for the Hair family also, with Euan’s 50 at the crease and Stuart’s five wickets and hat-trick.