MacDougall and Hair steer promotion chasing Hawick over the line for vital win

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HAWICK got back to winning ways away to Old Contemptibles on Saturday in Division Seven with a tighter than expected two-wicket win.

The home side won the toss, choosing to bat first. Hawick’s opening bowlers, Lee Stewart and Neil Storey, started well, the latter finding the first breakthrough with a catch behind to wicketkeeper Allan Moffat.

Runs were hard to come by for OCCC, as Storey took his second wicket with another catch behind.

Moffat took a third catch behind off the bowling of Gary Alexander. Alexander took his second wicket to leave the home side toiling four wickets down at a very slow run rate.

However, the hosts started their recovery, putting on 101 for the fifth wicket before Storey had Raza caught for 39.

Mohanan passed 50, but was soon removed by Ronan Alexander as the home side finished 156 for eight from their 40 overs.

The visitors got off to a slow start, with Declan Solley and Euan Hair falling in quick succession.

But Gary Alexander and Moffat steadied the ship before the latter was caught for 23.

A batting collapse saw four Hawick batsmen fall, scoring just 26 runs between them, but at the other end Gary Alexander kept promotion-chasing Hawick in the game with a solid 35.

In what was a tense finish, tailenders Craig MacDougall and Stuart Hair got the travelling outfit over the line with eight balls to spare.

The following day a young Hawick side were defeated by Manderston by six wickets in the Border Sunday League, but were awarded league points for the home side fielding ineligible players.

The Teries batted first with Euan Hair and Declan Solley getting off to a fast start, before the latter fell for eight, to lay the foundations for Hawick’s innings.

Hair and Allan Moffat were the pick of the batsmen, finishing with 43 and 58 to their name as the Teries closed on 186 for nine from their 40 overs.

Doug Bryant, Ryan Johnston, Greg Baillie and Paul Rayner took a wicket a piece.

However, Hawick had no answer to Hayden Martin who guided Manderston home with an unbeaten 73 for the Berwickshire outfit.