Hawick and Wilton


Mactaggart's 80 almost shocks Kelso

Ronan, 28 May 2018 15:50

Kelso 156 for 3

Hawick 151 for 7


Kelso win by 5 runs



A sensational batting display from Phil Mactaggart almost gave Hawick a shock victory against Championship side Kelso on Thursday.


Kelso 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.


The 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.


Stuart 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.


However, overseas duo Tristen Van Ingen Kal and Michael Eckard dealt some heavy blows to get Kelso’s score racing along.


But 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. Satisfying. 


Stevie 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 for victory.


In 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.


Hair 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.


Mactaggart kept the scoreboard flying before Welsh was dismissed, but Euan Hair smashed a couple quick boundaries before he was out. 


Ronan Alexander joined Mactaggart and kept the scoreboard ticking and the match remained evenly poised.


However, Patterson removed both the Alexander brothers in the same over to tip the game in Kelso’s favour.


But Mactaggart refused to give in and continued to hit the ball all around the ground and had the Kelso team rattled. 


Needing 18 from the last over, Mactaggart was eventually out after making an unbelievable 80. 


Hawick 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 efforts.