Muir not exactly the merrier as Hawick rack up the runs

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After the shock defeat to Kirk Brae a fortnight ago, Hawick bounced back in emphatic style as they scored over 300 for the first time in the East League.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Hawick openers Gary and Ronan Alexander laid the foundations with another 50-run partnership and never looked troubled until the latter was out lbw for 25.

This brought Euan Hair to the crease and he accelerated the innings with some massive blows as he punished anything too short or too full, with Gary Alexander also picking up the pace before being bowled for 46. Hair and Allan Moffat continued to up the tempo, with the pair both passing their half centuries to put the Teries into a very commanding position. After causing plenty of damage with several boundaries, Hair was caught behind for an outstanding 80 in an innings which deserved three figures.

Skipper Phil Mactaggart added 11, with Moffat continuing to find the boundary before Stuart Hair came to the crease and played some effortless strokes which cleared the ropes as the visitors edged towards 300. This came in the final over through Moffat, who finished unbeaten on 77, before Hair was bowled for a rapid 43 to set the home side 305 runs for victory.

This target looked well beyond Boroughmuir. Morgan Tait bowled an outstanding over which saw him pick up a hat-trick to put the Buccleuch park men on the brink of victory.

The win was sealed when Neil Storey came back into the attack to take the final wicket which saw the Teries run out emphatic winners by 181 runs as the home side were dismissed for 123.