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Hawick and Wilton


Hawick give table toppers a cricketing lesson

Morgan, 3 July 2019 16:57

Hawick & Wilton 212 for 8

Edinburgh Uni Staff 71 all out

Hawick & Wilton win by 141 runs


Hawick & Wilton welcomed top of the table Edinburgh University Staff to a sunny Buccleuch Park on Saturday, and the home side were looking for their third consecutive league win. Hawick captain Pierce Solley won the toss and chose to bat, but on a tricky batting wicket the home side got off to a poor start losing Bruce Mactaggart early on and then last week’s centurion Evan Alexander got shown how cruel a sport cricket can be as he was out first ball. Opener Gareth Welsh played a couple of nice shots but he also fell early doors leaving Hawick in trouble on 18-3. Captain Solley and Phil Mactaggart steadied the Hawick ship, but neither of them could push on scoring 19 and 15 respectively. This brought Stuart Hair and Declan Solley to the crease, and the pair started to bring Hawick up to a respectable total as they gained a 50 partnership. The former scoring the majority of the runs as he scored a brilliant half century as Hawick got up to 114-6. With 10 overs left of the innings Hawick knew they needed to up the rate if they wanted to post a big score. Euan Hair answered the Hawick prayers as he played a gem of an innings, following his twin brother by passing the 50 mark as he hit the ball to every part of the ground in his trademark big hitting style. Hair ended unbeaten on 77 off 42 balls, hitting 8 sixes along the way, as Hawick ended up on 212-8. The pick of the bowlers for the visitors was S Vijaykumar who had 3-22.


In reply, Edinburgh University staff got off to the worst possible start as they lost both openers in the first three overs. Hawick opening bowlers Ryan Johnston and Stuart Hair getting one a piece which were both caught by wicketkeeper Euan Hair. From there the visitors started to get into the game though as T Cannings and captain Z Sevak started to build a partnership. The latter has been in good touch this season and Hawick knew it would take something special to get him out. The prized wicket came shortly though courtesy of strike bowler Johnston as he bowled a beauty that rattled into the opposition skippers off stump. This put the staff on 35-3 and Hawick were on the front foot. A change of bowling at both ends came from Hawick as the in-form Morgan Tait and Gareth Welsh began to get to work. This was a brilliant period for the home side as the pair were working in tandem brilliantly and were constantly a thorn in the side to the opposition batsmen. Tait struck with his third ball as he had K. Mopuri caught by Evan Alexander and Welsh soon got in on the act as he got the wicket of T. Cannings with youngster Justin Tait taking a good catch. Tait got his second wicket the next over and that put the visitors in real trouble on 50-6. Welsh soon followed with his second wicket as the pair were relentless in a spell which included 8 maidens between them. From there Welsh never looked back and stole the show and in his fifth over almost produced a hat-trick as he bowled both M. Biggart and J. Williams and then on the hat-trick ball he thought he had Rhett Jones caught only for it to be given a bump ball by the umpire. It wasn’t long until he grabbed the final wicket though which gave him his first career 5fer as Hawick bowled the visitors out for 71, meaning they won by 141 runs. It was a magnificent spell from Welsh who finished with figures of 5-10 off 7.4 overs.


This was a brilliant display from Hawick as they put together the complete performance as everyone contributed to the result. They showed their strength in depth with the bat and then in reply bowled exceptionally well, Also the home sides fielding was perfect as they didn’t drop one catch. This will give the Hawick side confidence as they are now well in the hunt for promotion and will be looking to continue their good form away to Drummond Trinity next week.


Hawick & Wilton v Edin Uni Staff

Played at Buccleuch Park on 29/06/2019

Hawick & Wilton (20) beat Edin Uni Staff (5) by 141 runs

Scorers : C H Campbell

Hawick & Wilton won the toss and chose to bat first.

Innings of Hawick & Wilton

B MacTaggart Caught P Hands b R Jones 2
G Welsh Caught Z Sevak b S Vijayakumar 10
E Alexander Caught T Ratnarajah b S Vijayakumar 0
P Solley Caught P Hands b S Vijayakumar 19
P MacTaggart Caught J Williams b S Raza 15
D Solley Caught J Williams b Z Sevak 8
S Hair LBW b Z Sevak 50
E Hair Not Out 77
R Johnston Bowled b J Williams 9
M Tait Not Out 6
J Tait DNB
Extras 1b 3lb 7w 5nb 16
TOTAL for 8 wkts (40 ovs) 212

Bowler O M R W
R Jones 8.0 1 36 1
S Vijayakumar 8.0 2 22 3
S Raza 8.0 3 24 1
J Williams 3.0 0 34 1
Z Sevak 8.0 1 29 2
P Hands 3.0 0 38 0
S Biswas 2.0 0 25 0
Fall of Wickets
1 - 7 B MacTaggart
2 - 7 E Alexander
3 - 18 G Welsh
4 - 50 P MacTaggart
5 - 51 P Solley
6 - 114 S Hair
7 - 140 D Solley
8 - 201 R Johnston

Innings of Edin Uni Staff

P Hands Caught E Hair b R Johnston 2
S Biswas Caught E Hair b S Hair 4
T Cannings Caught J Tait b G Welsh 10
Z Sevak Bowled b R Johnston 12
K Mopuri Caught E Alexander b M Tait 7
S Vijayakumar Caught B MacTaggart b M Tait 4
S Raza Not Out 13
T Ratnarajah Caught E Hair b G Welsh 0
M Biggart Bowled b G Welsh 2
J Williams Bowled b G Welsh 0
R Jones LBW b G Welsh 4
Extras 11w 2nb 13
TOTAL All Out (26.4 ovs) 71

Bowler O M R W
R Johnston 6.0 0 21 2
S Hair 5.0 1 25 1
M Tait 8.0 4 15 2
G Welsh 7.4 4 10 5

Fall of Wickets 1 - 6 S Biswas 2 - 8 P Hands 3 - 35 Z Sevak 4 - 46 K Mopuri 5 - 50 T Cannings 6 - 50 S Vijayakumar 7 - 50 T Ratnarajah 8 - 52 M Biggart 9 - 52 J Williams 10 - 71 R Jones

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