Currie proves too hot

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HAWICK entertained Ponteland in their annual friendly fixture and didn’t disappoint with a close game of cricket.

In a 35-over match, Ponteland batted first and made a brisk start before Neil Storey took a sharp catch and bowl opportunity before getting rid of the other opener with a direct hit run out after some excellent fielding.

The wickets began to dry up for Hawick, especially with Jeff Oliver playing well until he was dismissed by Pierce Solley, who continued his good form with the ball.

Only three more wickets were to fall as Ronan Alexander, Dave Currie and Storey again got wickets and Ponteland ended up with a competitive total of 123.

The Teries made a solid start, Declan Solley and Alexander continued their excellent form, with another opening stand of 30 runs until the latter was bowled for a solid 12.

Currie was next to the crease and he upped the run-rate with a quickfire 27 from 14 deliveries until he was caught.

As Ponteland got themselves back into the game, Euan Hair came in to score a rapid 20 to almost give Hawick victory, until Declan Solley also fell for 24.

The home team needed two from the last over with one wicket remaining, but young Pierce Solley kept his nerve as he stroked the ball through the covers for four to give Hawick victory.