Edinburgh Accies 2nds v Hawick & Wilton
Edinburgh Accies 2nds 227 for 7
Hawick & Wilton 225 all out
Edinburgh Accies win by 2 runs
For the second week running Hawick &
Wilton fell to an agonisingly close defeat as they came up 2 runs short of
Edinburgh Accies formidable total of 227.
On a glorious day in the capital, the
artificial wicket and lightning fast outfield ensured a tough day for bowlers
and plenty of runs on offer for the batsmen.
With skipper Ronan Alexander on holiday,
Phil MacTaggart was in charge but lost the toss with Accies electing to bat
first. With little help from the wicket and not much movement in the air, the
visitors struggled to make a breakthrough.
It eventually came when Gareth Welsh took
a smart catch off Gary Alexander’s bowling. Alexander and Stuart Chalmers were
bowling tightly especially the latter making a welcome return to a Hawick
Bowling for the first time in three
years, the former Scotland cap took two wickets and was just starting to crank
up a gear or two when he suffered a hamstring injury in his fifth over. He was
unable to bowl again which was a major blow to the Buccleuch Park side.
Chalmers only conceded 9 runs in his 4.5 overs whereas those who filled in the
other 3.1 overs went for 32.
Accies then started to up the run rate.
Even at 30 overs though, they were only 119 for 3. From this point they started
to pepper the boundary with a series of late sixes shooting their final total
up to 227.
Hawick were faced with breaking 200 for
the first time this season if they were to secure victory. After the early loss
of Declan Solley, opening partner Alexander senior departed for 11.
Stuart Hair (24), Phil MacTaggart (29)
and Euan Hair (18) made useful contributions but were all disappointed to get
out when each was just starting to get going.
However, they ensured the run rate was good and laid a solid platform
albeit Accies were in a slightly stronger position at this point.
A fantastic partnership of 96 then
developed between Evan Alexander and Ryan Johnston which firmly swung the
advantage in the Hawick side’s favour. Batting with great maturity, some
excellent shot selection and execution they pushed their side well ahead of the
required run rate.
Even the loss of Johnston for a superb 35
was mitigated by the arrival of Chalmers at the crease with the assistance of a
runner. He and Alexander continued to push their team towards victory. Alas
Alexander edged one behind after a mature innings full of clean hitting and
three sixes, one huge strike off his hips being particularly memorable. He fell
for 61, his maiden League 50 for Hawick, and there is surely more to come from
the 17-year-old wicketkeeper.
Morgan Tait quickly followed but with
Chalmers still at the crease Hawick remained favourites although when he was
bowled for 16 the pressure turned onto youngsters Gareth Welsh and Justin Tait.
They took Hawick to three runs of victory
when Welsh was bowled off the last ball of the 39th over sparking
wild celebrations from Accies who were joined by members of their first XI who
had finished their match on the adjoining pitch.
It was evident the pressure the
Teries had put on Accies when the home team attempted to have the 38th over bowled by F Hussain who
had already completed his eight over spell. Whilst Accies captain attempted to influence
the scorers, Hawick rightfully held firm and refused to buckle to such
This was an even harder pill to swallow
than the week before for Hawick as they had worked so hard, and played so well,
to get themselves into a winning position against a very challenging total.
They must not look back on the pain of defeat but on the quality of their
performance and the fact they have pushed the top two teams in the League to
the limit. This predominantly young team can undoubtedly improve and develop
further when such performances will be rewarded with victory.
Link to scorecard: http://www.eastleague.org.uk/fixtures/division-3/