HAWICK AND WILTON EAST OF SCOLAND X1 BEAT SMRH
Hawick traveled to Stewart Melville on sat to start their away campaign in east of scotland encounter and on winning toss Hawick captain A.Moffat opted to bat on artificial wkt.The returning G Alexander and new recruit D Currie opened the batting and were looking comfortable until a remarkable catch in the covers dismissed Currie,soon followed by P.Mactaggart.Captain then joined Alexander and started to score at ease until Alexander got full toss and lost his wkt for 17.Young Rory Anderson came in next and quickly set about the home attack with some lusty blows until one to many found the fielder deep square for a quick fire 15.Lee Stewart joined Moffat but soon followed bowled,border League captain came to join his fellow captain and started to punish the bad ball while playing safe when needed,these two pushed the scoring rate up until Storey got bowled trying to pull a straight bowl for an entertaining 30.C Macdougall joined Moffat and was starting to look good until a misjudgment resulted in him being run out,Young Ronan Alexander joined Moffat but skipper tried to up scoring rate when he holed out for 31,B Mactaggart then entered soon follwed by D.Bryant as youngster got bowled by a good ball and with some entertaining shot selection both took the score up to 138 all out with D.Bryant 13 not out
After a good walk back for tea Hawick set about the Stew Melv order who looked quite steady but not scoring to easy against a stong bowling attack of Currie and Storey and athletic fielding display which resulted in opener being caught by Bryant to give Curris his first wkt for Hawick East side,The other opener was looking solid starting to raise eyebrows as how to remove him until he was undone by a ball that would have blessed any cricket ground hitting top of off stump by the ever consistent G Alexander.Batsman were all getting in but Hawick were in fine fielding form and bowlers were as tight as their wallets continued to chip away at the opposition.L Stewart at the other end was also causing mayhem.Last man out was run out leaving other batsman 30 not out.with a score of 84 all out leaving Hawick with a comfortable 54 run victory with bolers returning figures of Currie 1-18,Storey1-12,Stewart 2-17 and Alexander 4-35.a good victory for first away game but slight concern of batting full 40 overs
HWCC v MANDERSTON Border League
Hawick & Wiltons Border League team traveled to Manderston looking to build on the success last week at Langholm.
The weather was again very overcast and damp, and the pitch looked soft and green. With the home team still mowing and marking the pitch as Hawick arrived.
Manderston won the Toss and chose to bat, Neil Storey and David Currie opened the Hawick bowling and kept things tight.
The Manderston top order were formidable and soon took control. Moving the score on to 120 for 1 with 10 overs to play. This despite an unusually slow and heavy outfield which reduced boundaries to a premium, and fielders legs to jelly. In the chase for quick late runs, 5 further Manderston wickets fell, which in turn slowed the scoring and kept the hosts below the 200 mark they would most likely have been aiming for. Manderstons innings ended on 180 for 6.
Best figures for the Hawick bowlers were D Currie 2 for 27, C Macdougall 2 for 35 and a run out, E Hair 1 for 11. Storey, Macaulay & Macwatters all bowled well without success.
There were excellent fielding displays from skipper Storey, Pierce Solley who took a hard catch, and Moffat behind the stumps.
The rain had arrived during tea (which thankfully included hot home made soup - a lifesaver in the tundra like conditions) and worsened steadily until sleet and snow forced the players from the field after 15 overs of the Hawick innings. By this stage the ball was skidding through at shin height and making any positive stroke play near impossible.
The match was abandoned in the gloom at 530pm.
Hawick will be looking to restart the campaign at home next Sunday against Penicuik.
HWCC will be having a BBQ and open night to Welcome the Cornet home from Mosspaul on 26th May. All welcome.
HWCC Beat Langholm and Weather!!
Hawick & Wilton opened there 2012 Border League campaign on Sunday, with a visit to old friends and opponents Langholm.
A large Hawick contingent was on hand for the flapping meeting which was taking place over the boundary rope, and the game began in festive and raucous vein.
Captain Macdougall lost the toss, and Hawick were asked to bat first on a green damp pitch, with overcast conditions and a strong cold easterly wind blowing.
Andrew Parr & Stuart Hair opened the batting for Hawick, and both played solidly until Parr snicked behind to the keeper.
This brought Greg Baillie (17) to the crease and he took to the bowling with some aggressive attacking shots, Hair was also batting well and this pair took the total on to a sold score 30 for 1.
At this time the Langholm captain asked the bigger Little brother to bowl, his slower looping deliveries caused chaos in Hawicks ranks, and the powerful middle order of Baillie (17), Phil Mactaggart (0) & Lee Stewart (0) all fell cheaply to Littles lack of pace.
Hair (11) soon followed after playing an excellent openers innings (possibly a sign of things to come?) And his normally free scoring middle order brother Euan Hair accompanied him back to the pavilion for 3.
Hawicks innings which initially started strongly was now in dis-array with the scoreboard reading 36 for 6!
A Captains innings was required and this is what Macdougall managed to provide, having survived an early chance - he and the returning David Macwatters (after 5 years away from cricket) ticked the score over until the latter fell looking to play a big shot.
This brought Alan Moffat to the crease and the skipper and senior pro took charge of the game. The Langholm bowlers could not force an opening and with Moffat finding the gaps with ease, and Macdougall hitting some strong boundaries this pair took the score beyond 100. Macdougall (27) was then bowled which left Moffat(42n.o.) to guide the tail through to an innings total of 127 from 36overs. A competitive total but nothing more.
The weather was deteriorating further when Hawick began their bowling, with rain in the wind and the temperature plummeting.
Baillie was steaming in from one end and Stewart was bowling accurately from the other. The Langholm opener sustained a nasty knee injury while evading a Baillie short ball, and had to leave the field - all at HWCC wish him a swift recovery.
First to strike was Baillie with an lbw and a bowled dismissal before Stewart also bowled the Langholm number 4.
Baillie then claimed his 3rd victim with another lbw.And Stewart picked up a 2nd victim clean bowled.
By now the weather was distinctly sub siberian and Hawick were charging between overs to keep the game (and frozen appendages moving)
Hawick were striving for a breakthrough with the 6th wicket partnership for Langholm causing concern and Macdougall introduced S Hair and Doug Bryant to the attack - both claimed deserved wickets, Hair returning exceptional figures of 4overs 1 wicket for 0 runs!!
The solid langholm number 8 was then run out by a combination of Stewart and Moffat before Parrs second ball closed the innings and match with a caught and bowled. Langholm all out for 37runs.
Euan Hair, Macwatters and Clyde Inglis were out standing in the field.
This was a highly professional and clinical victory for Hawick and will raise spirits for the matches to come.
HWCC BORDER LEAGUE VICTORY AT HOME OVER PENICUIK
Hawick played host to a strong Penicuik Border Sunday XI at Buccleugh Park on a cold and blustery mid-May day.
Captain N Storey won the toss and elected to bat on a reasonable track. This brought the opening pair of Andrew Parr and Gary `Joel` Alexander to the crease, Parr stayed in briefly and left with out troubling the scorers, while at the other end Alexander was looking strong and confident. Hawick`s middle order had a slight wobble, but was sured up by a a good 18 by P Solley and the innings was given a real lift with an excellent, solid display by the young Euan Hair, scoring an entertaining quick fire 51 including six sixes! Gary Alexander was then joined by his son Ronan, who rattled off a very good unbeaten 21. Alexander `senior` eventually fell for 74 though his contribution surely putting the Hawick men in a good position as Hawick made a competitive 195, batting the full 40 overs.
With the weather deterioting the Penicuik batters came out to the middle (a much needed brew postponed till after the game). Hawick`s opening attack of Storey and Bryant failed to get an early breakthrough, the Penicuik pair of Juson and Liddle played well in increasingly difficult condtions. P Solley entered the attack and soon picked up the important wicket of Liddle for 17, Solley then picked up another quick pair of wickets both taken very well behind by L Nichol on his first game back behind the stumps this season. Penicuik were scoring steadily, with opener Juson leading the assult, this was untill S Hair bolwed a full delivery and giving J Boyle a straight forward catch at mid-off. Juson fell for a well played 89. With the rain now falling steadily and the run rate drying up due to good fielding and tight bolwing, especially by the Alexanders. R Charleson scoring a good 30 not out, this however was not enough to reach the impressive total set by Hawick.
This was a good win in tricky conditions by a largely young but skilled team.