Edinburgh Uni Staff 132 for 8
Hawick & Wilton 91 all out
Edinburgh Uni Staff win by 41 runs
Hawick & Wilton suffered an opening day defeat to Edinburgh University Staff on Saturday at Peffermill.
With glorious sunshine, Arthur’s seat in view and several sports facilities surrounding the pitch, the scene was set for Hawick’s season to kick off.
After winning the toss, the travelling side chose to bowl first and made a steady start with Ryan Johnston and Ronan Alexander opening the bowling. The latter made the breakthrough with the batsmen edging the ball straight into the hands of Stuart Hair in the slips.
Hair then got in on the act as he bowled the other Uni Staff opener to help Hawick remain in control.
The next two wickets came courtesy of the fielding of Gareth Welsh. A mix up between the wickets for the hosts meant Welsh threw the ball to Liam Garnett to complete a run out. The second came in bizarre fashion when the batsman chipped up a Hair delivery to what looked like a simple catch for Welsh, which he dropped, but made up for his error by collecting his second run out of the game.
Welsh had a difficult job with the ball, bowling at a difficult stage of the game as Edinburgh Uni Staff tried to accelerate towards the end but he bowled with excellent discipline and collected a wicket and ended with figures of 1 for 30.
Alexander then came back at the death and conceded only two runs in two overs and grabbed his second wicket of the game as Hawick’s field changes were made at the right time to stop the hosts racing ahead.
Johnston came back with a brace in the final over as the home side could only manage just over 30 runs with the loss of four wickets in the last 10-12 overs in an excellent effort from the young Teries which restricted the home side to 132 for 8.
In reply, Hawick’s fragile batting woes continued as openers Hair and Alexander were both caught early doors. However, Garnett and Pierce Solley looked to build a partnership and the match looked evenly poised before a flurry of wickets left Garnett and Hawick’s lower order with a lot of work to do.
Missing key top order batsman like Gary Alexander, Phil Mactaggart and Euan Hair showed for the visitors as they lacked that cutting edge to get them through a difficult period of the game.
Garnett was then bowled for 30 which ultimately ended Hawick’s hopes but some late order hitting including a beautiful straight drive from Welsh and a thumping cover drive from Lee Stewart regained some pride but the Teries fell 41 runs short of their target and were all out for 91.