Moffat top-scores as Hawick take five-wicket derby win

Allan Moffat
Allan Moffat
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Hawick and Wilton defeated Melrose by five wickets on Saturday, with Allan Moffat scoring an unbeaten 68 to guide the Teries home.

With skipper Lee Stewart out injured, Hawick’s stand-in captain Neil Storey won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Melrose openers Barry Scott and Colin Green got off to a steady start as they punished anything loose from the Hawick attack. However, Ronan Alexander found the breakthrough as Green flicked the ball behind for Moffat to take the catch.

This brought Sharif Hosney to the crease and the visitors thought he edged behind off the bowling of Gary Alexander, but was given not out. Alexander then bowled Josh Loftus and Darren King, with Evan Alexander taking an excellent diving catch.

Storey then thought he had Hosney caught behind, but for the second time he did not walk.

Ryan Johnston was given the task of bowling at the death with Ronan Alexander, and the former picked up two late scalps, with Alexander taking one as the home side finished on 144 for eight in what was a great comeback from Hawick after Scott and Green put Melrose into a commanding position.

In reply, the Buccleuch Park men got off to a steady start before Declan Solley was run out for six. Ronan Alexander was stumped for 15 as Gary Alexander and Moffat then took the game to Melrose as they punished anything loose.

However, Alexander was out lbw for 22, which brought a Melrose fightback as Hosney picked up two quick wickets, with youngster King impressing with the ball.

But late sixes from Moffat and Bruce Mactaggart got the Teries over the line for a well-earned victory.