Melrose still without a win as Hawick bounce back

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Four wickets from Ryan Johnston and an unbeaten half-century by Euan Hair gave Hawick a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Melrose.

Teries skipper Lee Stewart won the toss and put the visitors in to bat in cloudy conditions, with the rain looking like it would have a part to play.

However, it was Melrose who got the upper hand.

Their openers got off to a steady start and really made Hawick work for their wickets.

Neil Storey found the breakthrough with the score on 18, as he bowled Will Owen for 13.

Melrose captain Freddie Alden was the next man out, as he was dismissed by Lee Stewart.

However, Angus Wolfe-Murray and Sharif Hosney brought Melrose back into the game with a quick-fire 28.

But both of them were victims of Johnston as Hawick slowly but surely gained the upper hand on their Borders rivals.

The dismissal of Hosney brought a collapse, which saw Stuart Hair picking up three wickets in quick succession, with another brace coming from Johnston to leave Melrose on 75 for 9 (all out).

Normally, 76 would be a relatively easy target for the Teries to reach.

However, they have had some fairly cautious displays with the bat so far this season – and this match was to prove no different.

But Hawick opener Euan Hair took the attack to the Melrose bowlers after hitting an early six to ease the the Teries’ nerves.

Fellow opener Ronan Alexander looked in good touch to put them on the front foot.

The pair brought up their 50 partnership after more boundaries from Hair.

He brought up his half-century with a four which took Hawick over the line as they got back to winning ways.

Hawick and Wilton are fourth from bottom in Division Six with two wins from five, while Melrose have yet to win a game, although they have two in hand on their neighbours, and sit second bottom above West Lothian 3.