Hawick counter poor start with steady partnership

Melrose vs Hawick cricket clubs go head to head. Will Owen bowling for Melrose.
Melrose vs Hawick cricket clubs go head to head. Will Owen bowling for Melrose.

Half-centuries from Allan Moffat and Stuart Hair, as well as a five-wicket haul from Neil Storey, helped Hawick ensure victory over Melrose on Saturday.

The Teries got off to the worst possible start with Gary Alexander and Ewan Hair dismissed early, Thomas Brown and Will Owen taking the wickets as Hawick were reduced to 3 for 2.

However, Ronan Alexander and Allan Moffat steadied the ship with a partnership worth 65, before the former was caught off the bowling of Tim Owen for 32.

Owen then claimed his second wicket soon after as Phil Mactaggart was bowled for two to leave the game in the balance with Hawick on 76 for four.

However, Moffat and Stuart Hair soon took control and increased the run rate in a vital partnership of 104.

Moffat played a key role as he came in with the Teries on 3 for 2, but batted the whole way through the innings as he finished unbeaten on 80 and hit nine boundaries in the process.

He was supported by Stuart Hair, who recorded his first half-century as he made a quick-fire 55 from just 47 balls before Darren King claimed his wicket.

Neil Storey added a rapid 20, striking three sixes in the final over as Hawick posted 212 for six.

The Melrose reply started in similar fashion to Hawick’s as they were left on 13 for three with the Teries firmly in control.

Storey claimed his first two wickets as well as Ryan Johnston taking his eighth East of Scotland wicket of the season.

Thomas Brown made 10 for the hosts before Stuart Hair had him caught.

Gary Alexander took a sharp caught-and-bowled chance to leave Melrose on 80 for five. Ronan Alexander then claimed two quick wickets, with Phil Mactaggart taking an outstanding one-handed catch.

Sharif Hosney provided the only real resistance for Melrose as he made 55, but Hawick will regret not taking their chances to catch him earlier on. Storey sealed the victory as he took the final three wickets as Melrose were all out for 103.

The result sustains Hawick’s second position in Division Six, while Melrose are languishing third from bottom.