League favourites simply too good for outgunned Teries

Hawick’s disappointing season with the bat continued as they were skittled out for just 30 against Division Six favourites Tranent.

The visitors got off to a great start, with opening bowlers Lee Stewart and Neil Storey bowling very tight opening spells, Stewart finding the breakthrough.

Benny Hartop was the next man to get his name in the scorebook after he dismissed the home side’s wicketkeeper Scott Russell, on his 100th game for Tranent. However, their next partnership proved pivotal, and started to take the game away from Hawick, as Altaf and Fahim put on 150 runs for the next wicket, with the latter reaching his century.

Storey came back on to repair the damage and Altaf was caught at mid-wicket for 36 and the runs started to dry up as Stewart picked up his second wicket of the match.

Ronan Alexander and Pierce Solley had the job of bowling at the death, and Alexander took four wickets, including his first ever hat-trick, to keep the Teries in contention.

The Edinburgh side posted a target of 216 to win and Hawick got off to the worst possible start, as both Solley brothers were dismissed in the first over.

Allan Moffatt and Hartop tried to steady the ship, but were both removed leg before for eight in quick succession. The Buccleuch Park men’s innings never got going and they were soon all out for 30, with no batsman reaching double figures.

Despite this hefty defeat, the Teries can be happy with the way they bowled at the start and end of the innings as they aim to bounce back with a victory this weekend away to Old Contemptibles CC.