Peebles 214 for 9
Hawick 201 for 9
Peebles win by 13 runs
Hawick agonisingly missed out on promotion by 0.28% after a narrow defeat at Whitestone Park against Peebles County on Saturday.
The Teries needed Melrose to lose against Carlton 4’s, which they did, and for Hawick to defeat Peebles and climb above the Rose. But it wasn’t to be in an exciting season for the young Hawick side.
Peebles won the toss and chose to bat on a scorching day at a venue surrounded by three football pitches and The Gytes rugby club, home of Peebles RFC.
Hawick had the better of the early exchanges as Ryan Johnston bowled with aggression and deserved more than the one early wicket he claimed.
At the other end, Gary Alexander again made it difficult for the batters to score quickly and was rewarded with an early wicket.
However, the turning point in the match came when Hawick had the chance to remove Peebles skipper D Voas for 0, bit dropped the catch and the powerful batsman went on to make a match winning 130.
Voas’ partnership with Pete Caddick upped the ante for the home side as none of Hawick’s change bowlers could find any consistency or rhythm to stop the regular flow of boundaries.
Ronan Alexander bowled a short and wide delivery that Caddick looked to punish through the off side but he could only find Gary Alexander for a simple catch to get the visitors back into the game.
Voas continued to dominate the scoring, but wickets began to fall regularly at the other end. Pierce Solley tore through the Tweedsiders middle order with five quick wickets all caught by Hawick fielders which dragged the hosts back as the visitors had the better of the final stages.
Voas was eventually bowled by Stuart Hair after an excellent ton, but was dropped twice more, both in the 90’s and proved costly for Hawick.
Two sixes in the final over from Edwards boosted Peebles total over the 200 mark.
The Teries simply didn’t bowl or field well enough in the final 30 overs, with not nearly enough balls targeting the stumps but 215 was a total Hawick were confident they could chase.
In reply, Gary Alexander and Bruce Mactaggart made a solid start as the pair put on 61 for the first wicket inside 18 overs with the latter scoring 34 and the former adding 14 to lay a good platform.
Ronan Alexander and Pierce Solley then steadily began to build a formidable partnership as they took the game into the final 15 overs with Hawick behind on the run rate needed, but with wickets in hand.
Solley punisher any loose deliveries and the pair began to strike regular boundaries. Going into the final 10 overs, Hawick required 90 runs and the boundaries continued to flow until Solley was caught at long off for 41.
Alexander continued to up the intensity and when Peebles brought back the opening bowlers, the Hawick skipper saw Edwards over fly round the park with 15 runs coming in the process.
Alexander brought up his second consecutive half century in as many weeks, but a lot of work was still needed to be done.
Stuart Hair joined him at the crease as Hawick now required 45 from the final 6 overs. Alexander was bowled by Edwards and Phil Mactaggart soon followed as news filtered through that Melrose had suffered defeat and promotion was now in Hawick’s hands.
35 were now required from 4 overs, and that then became 29 from 3 with Hair and Ryan Johnston, 2 dangerous big hitters at the crease. But Hair was out for 16 and Johnston was bowled for 8 and the game was beyond Hawick.
The visitors didn’t give up but eventually fell 13 runs short in a thriller of a game to end a thriller of a season. Despite missing out on promotion, Hawick certainly were not downhearted and are in a great position to kick on next season.
We’d also like to thank our hosts for inviting us back to the pub for a drink after the match, something that is evidently missing from the game now.
We’d also like to thank all our sponsors and everyone’s support throughout the 2019 season, it’s greatly appreciated.
We will be hosting our end of season dinner on Saturday 7th September at 7:30pm. Tickets are £15 that includes a 2 course meal and it would be great to see you there.
Peebles County v Hawick & Wilton
Played at Whitestone Park on 24/08/2019
Peebles County (20) beat Hawick & Wilton (10) by 13 runs
Peebles County won the toss and chose to bat first.
Innings of Peebles County
|R Common||Caught G Alexander||b R Johnston||2|
|N Burns||Caught R Alexander||b G Alexander||4|
|*||D Voas||Bowled||b S Hair||130|
|P Caddick||Caught G Alexander||b R Alexander||36|
|J Ryman||Caught P MacTaggart||b P Solley||2|
|D Gray||Caught J Tait||b P Solley||0|
|O Rimmer||Caught S Hair||b P Solley||0|
|M Davies||Caught B MacTaggart||b P Solley||2|
|D Edwards||Not Out||17|
|T Schutte||Caught B MacTaggart||b P Solley||0|
|+||J Pace||Not Out||2|
|Extras||6b 3lb 10w||19|
|TOTAL||for 9 wkts (40 ovs)||214|
Innings of Hawick & Wilton
|B MacTaggart||Caught J Pace||b R Common||34|
|G Alexander||Caught P Caddick||b D Voas||14|
|*||R Alexander||Bowled||b D Edwards||51|
|P Solley||Caught D Gray||b T Schutte||41|
|S Hair||Bowled||b R Common||16|
|+||P MacTaggart||Bowled||b D Edwards||2|
|R Johnston||Bowled||b J Ryman||8|
|J Tait||Caught D Voas||b R Common||5|
|D Solley||Caught P Caddick||b J Ryman||3|
|N Dobbie||Not Out||3|
|Extras||2b 18w 3nb||23|
|TOTAL||for 9 wkts (40 ovs)||201|