Grange 3's v Hawick
Ronan, 31 July 2017 18:32
Hawick & Wilton 112 all out
Grange 3rds 113 for 4
Grange 3rds win by 6 wickets
Hawick moved off the top of the table for the first time this season with a defeat at Grange on Sunday. It was a below par performance from Hawick, as they suffered their second straight loss in Edinburgh. The young Hawick side got the opportunity to play on Scotland's pitch, and won the toss, choosing to bat on what looked an excellent deck. However, the pitch favoured the bowlers with the ball swinging in the air and nibbling around off the surface. Gary and Ronan Alexander made a cautious start, but as the runs began to flow for Ronan, he was then caught for 16 with a sublime one handed diving effort. The top order then crumbled with the next four batsmen failing to make double figures. A couple of boundaries from Bruce Mactaggart helped the Teries score but once he was out, Hawick were in deep trouble at 45 for 6. Ryan Johnston and Evan Alexander then began to steady the ship to get Hawick out of a rut. Johnston looked dangerous as he struck two huge sixes, but Alexander's resistance came to an end as he was caught with the score on 85. A mix up running between the wickets then meant Johnston was out after making an impressive 29. Morgan Tait then played an excellent cameo of 19 which included a flurry of boundaries which proved to be vital to the Hawick score, however, they were all out for 112.
The visitors knew they would have to be on the top of their game to get the win, and they did all they could in reply. But by this point, the pitch had flattened out and there wasn't as much for the Hawick bowlers to work with. Gary Alexander built early pressure as he bowled a tight 8 over spell which included the first wicket. However, the Grange bastsmen looked untroubled as they made inroads towards their target. Johnston, Ronan Alexander and Stuart Hair all bowled without reward and the game looked to be getting away from Hawick. Two wickets in an over from Shahzaib Gulzar, with the catches coming from Ronan Alexander and Phil Mactaggart gave the Buccleuch Park men a glimmer of hope but it proved to be too little too late. Gulzar then collected his third wicket but the hosts got over the line in the 32nd over to claim the victory.
Hawick now face an up hill battle if they are to secure promotion, as they welcome top of the table Edinburgh Accies to Buccleuch Park on Saturday in a game which could ultimately decide Hawick's season. But it is still in their own hands, and they can play better than Sunday suggested.