Kelso 156 for 3
Hawick 151 for 7
Kelso win by 5 runs
sensational batting display from Phil Mactaggart almost gave Hawick a shock
victory against Championship side Kelso on Thursday.
play three leagues above Hawick, and with two talented overseas players, the
Teries travelled to Shedden Park expecting a heavy defeat, but provided an
outstanding performance that deserved victory.
hosts batted first and Hawick got off to an excellent start when Ben Grindell
was caught by Morgan Tait off the bowling of Lee Stewart for 0.
Hair bowled accurately and made it difficult for the Kelso batsmen to score,
and the pressure told when a mix up trying to force quick runs allowed Ronan Alexander
to whip the bails off after a composed piece of fielding from Rory Anderson.
overseas duo Tristen Van Ingen Kal and Michael Eckard dealt some heavy blows to
get Kelso’s score racing along.
Van Ingen Kal got too arrogant and cocky, trying to scoop a Gareth Welsh
delivery over his head which resulted in the ball thumping against his helmet.
Welsh then bowled a slower ball, which completely deceived the batsman, hit the
stumps and sent him trudging back to the pavilion in embarrassing fashion.
Patterson was the next man in, and played some classy strokes whilst Eckard
smashed several boundaries in his unbeaten 79 as the home side set Hawick 157
reply, the visitors got off to a brilliant start as Stuart Hair and Phil
Mactaggart took the game to the hosts by hitting early boundaries.
went on to make 29 before being bowled by Eckard, which was originally
signalled as a no-ball, but after Kelso’s debating, the decision was
overturned, and did prove to be correct.
kept the scoreboard flying before Welsh was dismissed, but Euan Hair smashed a
couple quick boundaries before he was out.
Alexander joined Mactaggart and kept the scoreboard ticking and the match
remained evenly poised.
Patterson removed both the Alexander brothers in the same over to tip the game
in Kelso’s favour.
Mactaggart refused to give in and continued to hit the ball all around the
ground and had the Kelso team rattled.
18 from the last over, Mactaggart was eventually out after making an
still refused to give in, and Morgan Tait hit a huge six, then ran a 3 meaning
the underdogs needed 9 from 3 balls. But it was just a step too far, and Kelso
ran out narrow victors. However, Hawick can certainly be proud of their