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Hawick and Wilton

Rules of 1860-supplied by MCC Museum



Pre 2012 match reports:

2nds win unbelievable match

Hawick 2nds won a tight match against St Boswells on Sunday when despite only scoring 59, the young, spirited Hawick side managed to leave The Green with a victory.
St Boswells won the toss and asked Hawick to bat but the less said about the Hawick batting would be for the best as Hawick stumbled to 59 all out which looked way out of reach at one point when Hawick were 28-7. Gavin Watson and Greg Baillie were the only Hawick men to get out of double figures and 5 players didn't even trouble the scorers which at this level, isn't good enough.
Hawick realistically thought they had no chance at the interval but went out with the attitude that anything can happen. The pressure got to Boswells as 4early wickets fell including two direct hits from the accurate arm of Rory Anderson leaving Boswells on 6-4. However after some sensible batting from Ruthven and Wilson. Boswells managed to move closer to the total required until Liam Nichol took a sharp stumping of the bowling of Richard Common to get rid of Wilson for 14. Two more wickets fell in quick succession when Stuart Hair took a good catch to get rid of the dangerous Marshall and Nichol took another excellent catch of the bowling of Greg Baillie. Rory Anderson then took his first wicket for Hawick when he bowled Patterson for 0 leaving Boswells in all sorts of trouble. Pierce Solley was then rewarded after some tight bowling when Euan Hair caught Ruthven for 9 leaving Boswells 40-9. Gavin Watson then picked up the final wicket when Richard Common took a catch leaving Boswells 41 all out.
Although this was an unacceptable batting display from Hawick and Wilton, they made up with in the field with some tight bowling and especially fielding. A remarkable effort and fightback after looking down and out at the interval stage.
Hawick defeat Selkirk in close 20/20

Hawick travelled to Selkirk on Thursday night knowing a win would keep them in contention for the Border League 20/20 final. Upon losing the toss Hawick were asked to bat, and the decision seemed a good one from Selkirk with Greg Baillie being caught only scoring 8. Bruce Mactaggart was next to go without scoring and Hawick were looking nervy. Things continued to go Selkirks way when Benny Hartop was caught only scoring 2. Man of the match Phil Mactaggart came to the crease and looked to steady things with Lahiru Fernando, and they did, Mactaggart being given a series of good fortune. Fernando was soon out being clean bowled after scoring a good 26. Andrew Johnston came and went, and Neil Storey joined P.Mactaggart and they both began to push the score up, before Storey was bowled off a slower one for 5. Gavin Watson joined Mactaggart for the last couple of overs and both were taking every run they could, Mactaggart passing his 50 before he nicked one behind for a score of 53. Watson and Craig Macdougall then pushed the last over and Watson scored a vital 15 not out. This left Hawick on 126-7 after the 20 overs.

The Selkirk innings got off to a great start with 12 coming off the first over from Baillie.
However in his next over he struck Watson taking a great catch at mid on. Neil Storey was bowling tightly from the other end, making Selkirk work for their runs. Hartop was next to take a wicket, G,Fenton smashing the ball for it to be dropped but then Phil Mactaggart to catch it on the way down. Andrew Johnston was bowling tightly from the other end and was then rewarded with a nick off K.Patterson, Fernando taking the catch. This led to the partnership of R.Banks and D.Fenton who batted sensibly, but scored freely, which led to some disruption in the Hawick fielding before the latter tried to take one run too many and Johnston struck with a direct hit from the field. Banks was soon to go popping one up from the bowling of Fernando to Greg Baillie. Fernando was given another wicket when he took a great catch off his own bowling. Gareth Renwick was on at the other end, and was rewarded for his accurate bowling with the wicker of Buckley, being caught in the deep by P.Mactaggart. The game was tight with Selkirk on 111-7 with 2 overs left, however, a tight over from Fernando led to his 3rd wicket of the match, and Selkirk were left with the task of scoring 12 off the last over for the win. It was not to be for Selkirk with Renwick bowling the last over only conceding  3 runs but in the process taking his 2nd wicket of the match. This left Selkirk on 116-9 after the 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Fernando with 3-13 off 3 overs. All round a good performance by the Hawick side, defending a good total on a slow outfield to result in a good victory.


Hawick 2nds return to winning ways
Hawick 2nds got back to winning ways after a 5 wicket win over Selkirk. Selkirk struggled against the tight bowling of Allan Moffat early on and Moffat got his reward grabbing two wickets. But for an explosive 42 by R. Banks, Selkirk struggled against the tight bowling of Hawick and collapsed to 108 all out. Pick of the bowlers for Hawick were Pierce Solley 3-20, Moffat 2-7 and Lahiru Fernando 2-13.
The Hawick innings got off to a bad start when Nathan McNally was caught behind in the second over. Things got worse for Hawick when Gavin Watson was bowled the bowl after and left Hawick on 6-2. Declan Solley then played on after only scoring 6 leaving Hawick in trouble but thanks to some solid, sensible batting from Ali Weir and Craig MacDougall, Hawick were back in the driving seat until MacDougall was caught in the slips for a good knock of 35. Ali Weir was then bowled soon after for 15 only needing 30 runs to win. Fernando and Moffat seen Hawick home in the rain though with Fernando scoring 35 and Moffat scoring 7.
A good, spirited effort from the Hawick side against the Reserve League Leaders.
 Hawick lose at Gala
Hawick travelled to Meigle Park on Saturday hoping to bounce back from their defeat against Selkirk last week but it was another defeat for Hawick. Gala Captain Kris Mein put Hawick in to bat and Declan Solley and Greg Baillie got Hawick off to a slow but steady start until Kris Mein bowled Baillie for 3. Worse was to follow for Hawick when Lahiru Fernando was caught behind off Mein again for 1. Declan Solley was then unlucky to caught behind off the accurate bowling of Paterson for 5. William Rodger and Ali Weir tried to repair the damage but they could only take the score up to 17 when Josh Irvine took an excellent catch in ths slips to dismiss Weir for 2. It went from bad to worse for Hawick whn they ended up being on 26-6 after Phil Mactaggart was caught at mid off and Allan Moffat was caught in the slips. However, after some sensible batting from Rodger and Andrew Johnston, Hawick managed to take the score up to 41-7 before Rodger was caught behind for a gritty 20. Keith Davies then played the anchor role with Johnston beginning to hit some big shots. They took the score up to 71 before Mein had Davies adjudged l.b.w. This made the score look a lot more respectable. Neil Storey and Johnston took the score up for 89 before Johnston's explosive innings came to an end when he was caught behind of the bowling of Neil Crooks for a good knock of 35. Pierce Solley and Storey took the score up to 98 before Solley was bowled off Gregor Mein for 7 leaving Storey on 9 not out and Hawick 98 all out.
Hawick needed an early breakthrough but after a few close calls, Gala took the score up to 41 before Storey managed to find Graeme Ormiston's edge and was caught behind by Fernando. Josh Irvine then soon followed when Allan Moffat took an excellent catch in the slips of the bowling of Storey again leaving Gala on 44-2. However, after some solid batting from Mein and Niven, Gala took the score up to 74 when Keith Davies bowled Niven with his first ball. Only two more wickets were to fall when Pierce Solley ran Kris Mein out after some good fielding and quick thinking and Davies took a catch off the bowling of Rodger. Gala won with 19 overs spare.
Overall, an improved fielding performance from Hawick but if we are to beat the better sides in the league like Gala, we must learn to bat out our 50 overs to at least give us a chance or we are going to struggle to win any games against the bigger teams like Gala.

Hawick 2nd XI v Penicuik 2nd XI
10 men win at Penicuik
Hawick travelled to Penicuik on Sunday to play a League fixture which was originally meant to be played at Hawick but due to the Scottish Cup Games, it was rearranged to be an away fixture. It was agreed between the two captains that it would be reduced to a 35 over match after a later than planned start.
2nds Captain Neil Storey lost the toss and was asked to field.
Hawick got off to a good start with two quick wickets when Baillie bowled one of the openers, and Keith Davies (Playing his first game in 4 years!) picked up a caught and bowled. Things got worse for Penicuik as Craig Macdougall and Neil Storey struck twice each, and combined with some tight fielding and bowling, Hawick reduced the reigning champions to 66-6. Hawick looked in a commanding position but after the Penicuik Captain arrived at the crease some solid batting with the tail end wagging, allowed Penicuik to edge the score up to 137-7 off of 35 overs.
Despite not getting them out for a small total as they maybe should have, the Hawick boys were still confident they could grab an upset win against a Penicuik side which consisted of 5 first team players.
Things didn't get off to a good start for Hawick when Ali Weir was back in the pavilion after being caught and bowled off the bowling of Ashford. Declan Solley and Greg Baillie repaired some of the damage and took the score up to a more respectable total until Baillie was bowled for 20. Phil“the swashbuckler”McTaggart then came in and along with Solley, kept the scoreboard ticking with especially McTaggart, hitting some lusty blows before he was caught going for one too many big shots for 32. Then Keith Davies arrived at the crease and along with Solley ran well and kept the scoreboard ticking which took Hawick on to 108 before Solley was bowled for a gritty 16.A hugely important innings holding the batting partnerships together.
 Hawick were still in pole position though only needing 28 to win off 10 overs. However after Solley was bowled, Bruce Campbell followed for 0 and Keith Davies followed for a lusty 40 putting a bit of pressure on Hawick needing 21 to win with three wickets remaining.
The pressure increased when Craig MacDougall was controversially run out for 1, (Phil Mactaggart umpiring possibly feeling the effects of the 26 degrees temperature!) and Greg Cunningham being caught and bowled leaving Hawick with 11 to win with only one wicket left.
 Andrew Parr then entered and despite being told by his captain to just defend, Parr hit a four straight down the ground to win the match, much to every Hawick players delight after the possibility of Penicuik winning the match.
This was a hard fought and more importantly, a deserved win from a young Hawick side which had the average age 19 against last year's champions.
Man of the match on his return was Keith Davies.
 Hawick & Wilton 1st XI v Selkirk 1st XI
Match sponsored by - Ray Pringle
A sunny but blustery Buccleuch park welcomed a Selkirk side delayed by the Roberton rideout, and Craig Macdougall captaining in the absence of injured Allan Moffat won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat. The match being sponsored by Ray Pringle (Ex club President).
Hawick were looking to dispel any lingering negative thoughts from the previous weeks comprehensive defeat to Gala. A hard fast pitch looked suited to Hawick`s bowlers but also full of runs. Greig Baillie opened the bowling and soon had Jordan Reid caught behind by wicket keeper Doug Welsh. Then the returning Lee Stewart struck a vital blow with a sharp caught and bowled of Selkirk captain and heavy hitting batsman John Everret. Possibly still reeling from their late arrival and hostile Hawick bowling, Selkirk’s top order was in tatters as Greg Fenton was caught by Phil Mactaggart again from the bowling of Stewart. The score being 11 for 3.
The visitors counterattacked through Darren Fenton and Ross Banks, who batted very positively and found chances and gaps in the Hawick field, captain Macdougall turned to his experienced bowlers with the score racing along to 64 for 3. The changes were rewarded as Benny Hartop trapped Fenton LBW, before Andrew Johnstone clean bowled Banks.
Hartop was now charging in and he claimed the wickets of the dangerous Ian Gardiner for 10, and then John Graham and Ian Walen for consecutive ball ducks. This leaves Hartop bowling for his hat trick with his first ball of a new spell in the next game he plays. William Rodger claimed a scalp when Neil Godsmarc holed out to Christo Buekes. Buekes lightning fielding then ran out Keith Godsmarc to end Selkirk`s innings.
Hawick`s bowlers were accurate and clinical on a good batting pitch, and were backed up well by sharp fielding to limit Selkirk`s total to 78 from 24.5 overs.
Although Hawick only required a modest 79 runs to win, the batting displays from the previous weeks game was upper most in many supporters minds. Welsh & Buekes opened the batting positively and were looking assured. Hawick hearts were then forced to skip a beat however as Reid bowled Buekes for 4 and then Welsh was acrobatically caught in the deep by a tumbling Reid after hooking a short ball from Selkirk “quick” Fenton.
Any thoughts of the previous weeks collapse were soon allayed as William Rodgers(19 n.o.) class showed through, with some coaching manual cover drives and pushes. Hartop joined him at the crease - and if any further evidence was needed in the case for his Man of the match award – then his cavalier attacking 36 with boundary 4s to all parts of the ground closed the trial!
Hawick reached their target with the score hitting 80 in the 19th over.
A massive improvement on the earlier games of this season, and with Melrose to follow at home next week, Hawick have a chance to put their season back on track.
Lee Stewart bowled well on his return after 2 years absence and Rodgers batted very impressively, but for his match changing bowling of 4 wickets for 10 runs, and match winning batting Benny Hartop was awarded man of the match sponsored by Ricky Bangar of the New Delhi Bar & Restaurant.
League Selkirk 1st XI v Hawick & Wilton 1st XI
Saturday, July 17 2010 (19:17) at Philiphaugh
Hawick & Wilton 1st XI won toss and decided to field
Selkirk 1st XI
G Fenton c K Davies b G Baillie 17
A Rathie c C Macdougall b K Davies 28
R Banks+ c A Johnston b W Rodger 17
D Fenton c L Fernando b K Davies 5
K Patterson*   b K Davies 7
J Reid c G Watson b K Davies 1
T Penman run out (G Watson)   23
I Buckley c N Storey b W Rodger 4
I Gardiner run out (P MacTaggart)   11
L Oliver c P MacTaggart b N Storey 0
J Graham not out   4
Extras b0 lb0 w10 nb1 pen0 11
Total (39.4 overs) 128
1- 2- 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10-
Bowler O M R W Wd Nb
G Baillie 6.0 0 24 1 6 (6) 0 (0)
N Storey 8.0 1 26 1 1 (1) 1 (1)
A Johnston 8.0 1 31 0 0 (0) 0 (0)
W Rodger 8.0 1 22 2 1 (1) 0 (0)
K Davies 8.0 1 23 4 2 (2) 0 (0)
A Moffat 1.4 0 2 0 0 (0) 0 (0)
Hawick & Wilton 1st XI
G Baillie lbw b K Patterson 0
A Weir   b K Patterson 7
L Fernando+ c b G Fenton 17
W Rodger c R Banks b G Fenton 34
A Moffat* not out   10
A Johnston c b J Reid 1
P MacTaggart c b J Reid 3
G Watson   b A Rathie 10
K Davies lbw b K Patterson 1
N Storey   b D Fenton 0
C Macdougall c R Banks b D Fenton 0
Extras b1 lb1 w6 nb1 pen0 9
Total (30.0 overs) 92
1- 2- 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10-
Bowler O M R W Wd Nb
K Patterson 8.0 2 22 3 0 (0) 0 (0)
G Fenton 8.0 3 14 2 0 (0) 1 (1)
D Fenton 6.0 1 18 2 5 (5) 0 (0)
J Reid 6.0 0 25 2 1 (1) 0 (0)
A Rathie 2.0 0 11 1 0 (0) 0 (0)
Weather: Windy Pitch: Soft
Umpires: D Welsh
Scorers: C H Campbell


Hawick 1st x1 v Langholm 1st x1

Hawick - 1st XI


      R B 4s 6s
Declan Solley ct Duncan Millar Scott Paterson   34 
G Bailey   Kris Mein   10 
L Fernando + ct Duncan Millar Kris Mein  
William Rodger ct Duncan Millar Scott Paterson   20  32 
ali weir ct Josh Irvine Scott Paterson  
Phil Mactaggart ct Kris Mein Andy Lawrie  
Allan Moffat * ct Josh Irvine Scott Paterson  
Andrew Johnston ct Duncan Millar Neil Crooks   35  71 
K Davies LBW Kris Mein   14 
Neil Storey Not Out   28 
P Solley   Gregor Mein  
Extras  ( 3b  2lb  2w  )   7  
Total  ( all out , 38.2 overs)  98  


Fall Of Wickets

9-1 G Bailey; 11-2 L Fernando; 11-3 Declan Solley; 17-4 ali weir;
Phil Mactaggart; 26-6 Allan Moffat; 41-7 William Rodger; 71-8 K Davies;
Andrew Johnston; 98-10 P Solley;


  O M R W Nb Wd
Kris Mein 10 2 21 3
Scott Paterson 10 3 20 4
Andy Lawrie 8 1 29 1
Graeme Ormiston 7 3 15 0
Neil Crooks 2 1 2 1
Gregor Mein 1.2 0 6 1



Gala CC - 1st XI


      R B 4s 6s
Josh Irvine ct Allan Moffat Neil Storey   32  47 
Graeme Ormiston ct L Fernando Neil Storey   36 
Alan Niven   K Davies   24 
Kris Mein * ro    24  36 
Neil Crooks ct K Davies William Rodger   14  15 
David Hancock Not Out   18 
Andy Lawrie Not Out  
Rory Hancock Did Not Bat          
Duncan Millar + Did Not Bat          
Scott Paterson Did Not Bat          
Gregor Mein Did Not Bat          
Extras  ( 1b  3lb  4w  )   8  
Total  (5 wickets, 30.4 overs)  99  


Fall Of Wickets

41-1 Graeme Ormiston; 44-2 Josh Irvine; 74-3 Alan Niven; 88-4 Kris Mein;
Neil Crooks; -6 ; -7 ; -8 ;
-9 ; -10 ;


  O M R W Nb Wd
Neil Storey 9 1 27 2
G Bailey 4 0 15 0
Andrew Johnston 7 1 18 0
William Rodger 6.4 0 23 1
K Davies 4 0 12 1
Sponsored by Hoscote Housing
Hawick played hosts to Langholm on Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways but due to late call offs by key players, it wasn't to be.
Hawick won the toss and after both captains agreed to reducing the match to 40 overs, put Langholm in to bat. Langholm started off brightly taking the score up to 36 when Gareth Renwick had Wilson back in the pavilion after he was given out l.b.w. Another quick wicket fell for Renwick again when Ashton Smith was caught by Hawick captain Allan Moffat in the slips. The dangerous Gregor Park came in and didn't waste time but due to a lack of communication, he ran out Bell with the scores on 50-3. Hall and Park then repaired some of the damage by taking the score up to 89 before Moffat had Hall trapped l.b.w. Two quick wickets then fell when Lahiru Fernando caught Gregor Park who scored 54 behind  of the bowling of Moffat. Johnstone was then bowled by Moffat and Hawick looked in with a chance of winning the game with the scores on 113-6. However, after some explosive hitting from Pool and Jardine, Langholm managed to take the score up to 172-7 when Bruce MacTaggart caught Pool of the bowling of Fernando for 37. After this Hawick slowed the run rate down but Langholm still managed to get up to 198 which was a very competitive total given it was only 40 overs being played.
Hawick opened with Allan Moffat and Declan Solley with both (especially Moffat) punishing anything short until Moffat was bowled for 14 of the bowling of Wilson. Fernando was quickly dismissed as well when the same bowler had him given out l.b.w. Solley and Baillie repaired some of the damage but Baillie was soon caught off the bowling of Little for 13. Bruce McTaggart was out quickly afterwards when he gave Little an easy caught and bowled opportunity. Phil McTaggart then entered the crease but was out after an excellent catch by Little of the bowling of Pool.This left Hawick in danger with the scores on 50-5. Solley and Keith Davies then tried to make the scoreboard look a bit more respectable and took the score up to 67 before Davies gave an easy catch to Bell having only scored 3 runs. However, after some sensible batting, Watson and Solley took Hawick up to 117 which made the scoreboard look a lot more respectable until Solley was bowled off the bowling of Jardine for 36. Watson and the tailenders (Gareth Renwick, Pierce Solley and Liam Nichol) stuck in to get Hawick up to 167 which at one stage looked impossible to reach. Watson finished on 43 not out falling 7 runs short of a half century.
Not the greatest of performances but there was a positive to take out from this match for Hawick and that was how well the young boys did considering having very little experience of 1st team cricket beforehand.
Hawick 2nds v Gala 2nds

Hawick played Gala on Sunday hoping to win against their rivals.

Gala won the toss and decided to bat and after quite a slow start  G.Ormiston and S. Quinn began to score freely before Watson caught Quinn of the bowling off Stuart Hair. R.Hancock joined Ormiston but after some tight bowling slowed the run rate down. But the pair started to play more freely and added 70 runs before Hancock was bowled by Stuart Hair playing across the line for 34. Hawick didn't get any other wickets until the last over when Ormiston was out  for 80, with a good catch by P. Solley off the bowling of Watson and Thomson was caught and bowled for 18 three balls later. However, Alan Henry struck a four to guide Gala to 200 for four from their 40 overs. Stuart Hair was pick of the Hawick bowlers after taking two for 29 and Gavin Watson also took two wickets.

Hawick started off poorly when Euan Hair was caught by K. Paterson off the bowling of R. Pringle in the seventh ball of the innings. Gavin Watson then helped Declan Solley repair the damage before he was unfortunately bowled when he hit a C.Thomson delivery onto his foot, before it trickled back onto the stumps to knock the bails off.

The Solley brothers then showed resistance but the Hawick innings just collapsed after that with only Allan Moffat reaching dougle figures with 27 not out after the Solley brothers were dismissed.

Hawick fell well short of Gala's score off 200 finishing on 133 all out.


Hawick 1st x1 v St Boswells 1st x1
Sponsored by D S Dalgleish

On sat Hawick entertained St Boswells with high expectations with new arrival Lahiru Fernando now joining the team,visiting captain won toss and had no hesitation in asking Hawick to bat,disaster struck early on when B MacTaggart fell 3rd ball so Fernando was in quicker than expected but other opener A Weir also failed to trouble scorers,B Hartop joined in and they repaired the damage up to 47 before Fernando was out to a stunning caught and bowled.Hartop followed next over to leave Hawick in trouble,returning skipper A.Moffat joined P MacTaggart but was soon back with a unplayable delivery that lifted off good length leaving Hawick on 50 for 5.G Baillie joined in and both batman played out their skins to  take score up to 106 was also caught and bowled,A.Johnston then joined in with some lusty blows to take Hawick up to 173 all out with Baillie continuing his form 28

On St Boswells innings they got off to a steady start before Young was adjuged lbw to Baillie soon followed by dangerman Broom caught behind 2nd ball,Glover joined Mcllory and was takig game away from Hawick until Johnston struck to remove Glover well caught by Hartop,then Johnston snapped up Mcllroy in gully of Davies bowling to leave them on 93 for 4.Turnbull played across a straight delivery and then Hunter gave Johnston an east caught and bowled to leave Boswells on 111 for 6,Wilson and White took them to 154 before Baillie cleaned up Wilson then White followed on 167 but their batsman held on with 3 overs to go for a hard earned victory.

Man Of The Match Andrew Johnston



Hawick 1st XI v Melrose 1st XI
Match sponsored by - Sponsored by Greendale racing.
Runs in the Sun
A day of soaring temperatures and a pitch as firm and fast as has been seen on Buccleuch Park in many a long year saw Hawick welcome Melrose for their Border league encounter.
Craig Macdougall was again standing in as captain (with Allan Moffat out injured) and was looking to build on last weeks comprehensive victory over Selkirk. Melrose called the toss correctly and elected to field first.
On a pitch which looked chock-full of runs, Doug Welsh and Gavin Watson strode to the crease to open the batting for Hawick, unfortunately Watson(1) was soon striding back to the pavilion bowled by Melrose captain Rory Murray. Doug Welsh(14) batted securely until he mistimed a drive and was caught in the covers. Richard Common(5) looked good on his all too brief return to action and possibly lack of time in the middle saw him play around a swinging delivery and was clean bowled. Ali Weir (Another player returning from a 2 year exile) contributed 11 runs before Mark Sutherland found a chink in the armour and rearranged the stumps. Hawick were wobbling on 56 for 4 from 20 overs!
But the sight of Hawick and Wilton stalwarts Benny Hartop(46) and Andrew Johnstone(41) taking control of the match, and Melrose bowling, was as welcome as a long chilled beverage to the already sweltering supporters, who were slaking there thirsts accordingly! The pair added 67 runs to put Hawick in a fantastic position to attack over the remaining 14overs. Hartop continuing his run of impressive form, and Johnstone hitting six boundaries including a soaring maximum which hit the top of the High School music building! Josh Loftus eventually took both mens wickets bowling Johnstone and trapping Hartop LBW.
Bruce Mactaggart entered the fray, and in his trademark cavalier manner contributed 15 at a run per ball. He was caught in the deep playing a ferocious drive giving Murray his 4th wicket. The push for quick runs was now on and Neil Storey (9) perished being cleaned up by Murray who completed an excellent 5 wicket haul. 
Skipper Macdougall (2) was then controversially ran out by Ratigan. Lee Stewart batted aggressively and scored 16 before being caught, which left Greg Baillie(4) not out.
A strong recovery from Hawicks middle and lower order saw them post an innings total of 175 all out. Tea was taken with the Hawick team knowing that they would have to bowl well on a track which favoured the bat over the ball.
Greg Baillie opened the bowling, showing pace and control, and soon had Alistair Robertson caught by a running Macdougall in the covers. This saw Melrose`s best 2 batters come together at the crease, and Colin Greene was looking in fine form until he offered up a caught and bowled chance to Lee Stewart who clung on to a rapier like drive. Barry Scott joined A. Prabarkar, and they added 53 runs until Scott drove into the cover where Macdougall swooped on the ball and whipped a dead eye throw in to the bowlers end where Scott(29) was ran out attempting a second run. The score was still rattling along, but the introduction of Johnstone into the bowling attack proved vital, as he delivered figures of 10 overs for 11 runs including 3 maidens, and effectively killed off the visitors challenge.
Neil Storey, looking like a different bowler after a change of ends then bowled both Ed Wetherly(0) soon followed by Melroses last real batting hope Prab(37). The visitors tail subsided meekly with Storey adding the scalps of Jessop(0) and Paisley(0) to his 4 for. Richard Common then closed the innings with spectacular figures of 3 for 3 from 3!!! This included Melrose skipper Murray who batted for 37 balls to register an elongated duck. The innings ended on 113 from 42 overs.
This turned out to be a convincing win, the contribution of Hartop with bat, and Storey with ball swung the balance, but Johnstones all round credentials were vital and he well deserved his man of the match award sponsored by Ricky Bangar of the New Delhi Bar & Restaurant.
Hawick 2nds v Kelso 2nds -
Hawick travelled to Shedden Park on Sunday to play Kelso 2nds looking to continue their good form after beating Melrose last week.
Captain Neil Storey had no hesitation in putting Kelso in to bat when winning the toss. This was justified when Hawick struck early as Storey bowled Roberts. Another wicket soon followed when K Fingland hit his own wicket off the bowling of Greg Baillie.
The Henderson brothers repaired some of the damage before M Henderson was bowled by Baillie. Baillie then struck again when he he had the dangerous experienced Flannigan l.b.w for 2 runs. Another wicket was to follow for Hawick when R Hogarth was bowled by Gavin Watson.
Henderson and Brooker put on a quickfire partnership, before Brooker was out after Storey took an amazing one handed catch from his own bowling. This put Hawick in a commanding position with Kelso on 64-6. Things got worse for Kelso when young Pierce Solley had R. Harris back in the pavilion with only one run being scored.
 However, after some solid batting between the C.Davidson and Captain R.Henderson (who offered several catching chances, and a stone wall run out when Macdougall reacted quickly in the covers and with only one stump to aim at missed by a hairs breadth!), Kelso took the score past 100 before Craig Macdougall had Davidson out l.b.w. Henderson continued to score freely throughout the innings, and he reached his 100 in the last over. An outstanding batting display which carried his team on his shoulders.
Kelso finished on 159-8 off their 40 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Hawick were G. Baillie 3-15 and N.Storey 2-20.
After tea, Hawick opened the batting with Gavin Watson and Declan Solley who both batted extremely well by defending the good balls and punishing anything loose. The 2 batted 20 overs and put an excellent opening partnership off 68 on before Watson was bowled for a quick 48 of the bowling of R.Hogarth. Solley and Greig Baillie tried to keep the scoreboard ticking, but Solley was soon bowled by C.Davidson for 11 leaving the scores on 75 for 2 off of 22 overs.
Euan Hair then joined Baillie and took the score up to 80 before Hair spooned one up to Haig of the bowling of Hogarth. Soon after this, Baillie was back in the pavilion after he was bowled by G.Davidson for 16. Storey and Macdougall took the score past 100 with Hawick still in command before Macdougall was stumped off C.Davidson for 5. Things got worse when Storey was caught behind for 8 leaving the score on 108-6. Anderson was bowled soon after going for one too many big shots.
However, the Solley clan came to the rescue and Cammy Solley and his son Pierce took the score up to 129 before C.Solley was bowled for 6.        P.Solley and Liam Nichol then batted very well considering their ages and took Hawick up to 146-8 going in to the final over - needing 14 to win. Hard running and lusty swings ensued with the young Hawick lads giving their all, it was not quite enough and Hawick fell an agonising 5 runs short of Kelso's magnificent total.
This was a very good performance from a young Hawick side who can hold their heads up high after such a battling and gutsy display.
Hawick & Wilton CC 1st XI v Gala CC 1st XI
Match sponsored by – Eric Grierson
Temperature and Wickets sent Tumbling
The opening 1st XI game of the 150th season of cricket being played on Buccleuch Park saw Hawick welcoming Galashiels who were playing their first game as defending Border league champions.
An exceptionally cold and blustery day saw Gala win the toss and they immediately asked the homesters to bat.
The pitch was firm and fast and with a sharp wind whipping in from the pavilion side of the ground, Bruce Mactaggart and Doug Welsh opened the batting for Hawick, who were hoping for a much improved display to the lack lustre demonstration of 2 weeks previous. Gala opened the bowling with pace from Kris Mein at one end and prodigious swing from Scott Patterson at the other.
Hawick`s hopes of setting a formidable target were soon sent reeling as Mactaggart drove a catch to Ecky Boland in the covers. Neil Storey and Welsh soon followed, both unusually bowled around the legs by seamers!
Benny Hartop and Allan Moffat dug in against accurate and fast bowling, until the experienced spinner Neil Crooks removed Hartop. This left Hawick in a perilous situation on 3 wickets for 4 runs.
When Andrew Johnston came and went a record low score looked on the cards. This was only averted by a mini middle order revival from Moffat(10), Craig Macdougall(9) and top scorer Phil Mactaggart (18). With some resolute defence and aggressive counter attacking, particularly from Mactaggart the score was moved on to 46.
With Moffat then Mactaggart and finally Macdougall all being caught out. The tail then subsided meekly leaving an innings total of 46 all out from 22 overs.
Again Hawick`s frailties with the bat were cruelly exposed against accurate and aggressive bowling. Any team who finishes with six zeros on their scorecard cannot hope to compete at senior level.
The bowlers were left with a thankless task attempting to defend the indefensible, and when Boland was dropped in the first over - offering a sharp hard chance, Hawick were staring into the abyss.
This was the last chance provided to the Hawick team as the experienced and hard hitting openers Boland and Steve Halls from Gala swiftly took the game away from Hawick. The only other incident was Hartop clipping Bolands off stump but miraculously the bails did not fall.
A chill day best erased from the memory banks of all Hawick players and supporters, other than to remind all that practice must be improved and batting concentrated on. Let us hope that the home sides bats along with the weather find some heat soon!!
Home Man of the match (sponsored by Ricky Bangar of the New Delhi Bar & Restaurant) for his aggressive top score of 18 was Phil Mactaggart.
Hawick 2nds Beat Melrose 2nds

Hawick played hosts to Melrose on Sunday with the Melrose captain winning the toss and deciding to bat first.  Melrose were soon in trouble when MacDougall had Rajnish and Jessop back in the pavilion with the score on 15-2. Things got worse for the away side when Irvine Robertson was caught of Greg Baillie of the bowling of Gavin Watson and Watson struck again when he got the Melrose skipper Ward out l.b.w. The score was on 33-4 until Baillie bowled Loftus with an unplayable ball. Soon after this, Moffat struck with two quick wickets which left the score on 69 for 7 but Melrose after some aggresive batting, managed to get the score up to 90-7 after 40 overs. Hawick's best bowlers were Moffat 2-9, MacDougall 2-11 and Watson 2-9.

After tea Hawick, like Melrose, didn't get off to the best of starts when Sutherland bowled Declan Solley leaving the score on 4-1. Things got worse for Hawick when MacDougall and Hair were back in the pavilion without scoring much with the score being on 11-3. Randall and Storey tried to repair the damage but Randall was soon out after being caught by Rajnish leaving Hawick in trouble with the scores on 16-4. Watson and Storey batted sensibly and punished anything short until Watson was bowled by Loftus for 13. Greg Baillie soon followed after he was bowled by Ward for 7 leaving Hawick on 52-7 with Hawick needing 39 runs to win. However, after some solid batting from the experienced Allan Moffat and young Pierce Solley, Hawick won the match with 16 overs to spare. Moffat was 29 not out whilst Solley was 8 not out.


Hawick & Wilton 1st XI v St Boswells 1st XI
Sun Out, Run Outs and All Outs!
Hawick & Wilton began their league campaign with a visit to St Boswell CC and on a day more befitting high summer than late April met a strong St Boswells team.
Hawick elected to field first after captain Moffat won the toss. The pitch was dry but offered plenty assistance to bowlers who hit their lines and lengths. Opening bowlers Baillie and Johnson started well, applying pressure and combined with tight fielding from an enthusiastic visiting team wickets soon began to fall, Johnson taking the first with a caught and bowled. Turnbull and McIlroy soon followed bowled by Baillie - who looks to be an improved and more mature bowler this season.
The crucial pair of star man Broom, and Scottish lady internationalist Katherine White began to tick the score board over but re-invigorated bowling from Storey split the partnership, White being caught in the covers. Disaster then struck for St Boswells when big hitter Hunter went for a suicidal second run and a dead eye throw from fully 45 yards by Watson hit the stumps direct, and ran him out by 6 feet. This was compounded by a second run out of Broom after P Solley covered a wide throw from Storey, and threw down the stumps at the keepers end.
The lower order had some lusty swings and moved the score on, until Marshall skied a hook from the bowling of Hartop and gave Moffat a rare fifth catch of the day. This gave St Boswells an innings total of 109 all out. An outstanding bowling and fielding display on the opening day of the season.
This looked to be a very chaseable total for the Hawick batting line up and tea was taken in good spirits.
The Hawick batting reply was un-happily short and the less your correspondent makes of it the better. Typified by Hartops run out, which occurred in comedy fashion with both batsman standing at the same end of the wicket looking at each other!
 The only highlights being a 23 from Moffat and a fine last wicket stand by the young Solley brothers aged 14&16(Playing their first game for Hawicks first XI together) who stood up to the Boswell “quicks” confidently.
Hawick were bowled out for a very disappointing and simply un-acceptable 61!
Man of the match sponsored by Ricky Bangar of the New Delhi Bar & Restaurant, was awarded to captain Alan Moffat, for his batting and 5 catches as wicketkeeper.
Best bowlers were Johnson, Baillie and Storey, and prominent in the field were Mactaggart, Macdougall and Watson.
Hawick will need to improve their batting standards ahead of a tough trip to Langholm this Saturday. Practice must improve with the full senior squad attending and putting the work in!!!



Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club

Sarasota International Touring team

moff, 8 April 2008 14:41

Hawick and Wilton CC vs SICC, Saturday, July 7 (35 overs)

The wet weather had prevented Hawick from playing on their field since June 2. But they assured us they would do everything possible to get the game on. Their hard work was rewarded by a bright, breezy day. They won the toss and put Sarasota in to bat. It was hard to know what a good score might be with the ball coming on slowly off the soft wicket and the Hawick bowlers getting some movement through the air. The Sarasota top order batted carefully, pushing singles and waiting for the occasional bad ball for boundary opportunities.. With ten overs left, and with Warren McGegor (46) and Chris Persaud (27) back in the dressing room, Saraosota were 110 for 5. Desperate but ineffective efforts were made to accelerate. Two wickets went to run outs and but for a couple of lusty last over blows by Ram, Sarasota would have been well short of their final 142 for 8 from 35 overs. We resumed after tea. With such a low total to defend , Sarasota were going to have to bowl out Hawick in order to win. The opening eight overs by Warren McGregor and Lomesh Prasad netted two wickets and cost just 13 runs. Sarasota were in with a chance. Andy Woodcock and Ram Ram Ramamurthy continued. They bowled straight and were helped by some sharp fielding, including good catches by David Carr, Martin Finn and Andy, off his own bowling. The further the game went, the better the Sarasota total was looking. By the time Andy and Ram had bowled out, the game was was won. Ram took 4 for 21, Andy 3 for 26 and Warren, Lomesh and Richard Lawrence collected a wicket apiece. Hawick ended with 63 off 22.5 overs. Another enjoyable game played with great spirit on both sides. After the game Hawick presented Sarasota with a magnificent quaish. This traditional Scottish welcoming cup (that was duly christened with single malt scotch courtesy of Hawick) will have pride of place in our clubhouse. The bus ride back to Edinburgh through the beautiful rolling hills of the Borders was accompanied by a joyful sing-a-long led by Gerry John.

SICC 142 for 8 (35 overs) Hawick & Wilton CC 63 (23.5 overs) SICC won by 79 runs


Day Out In Durham

Hawick and Wilton Cricket club recently had a big day out for its under 15s team and parents. This was a trip to Chester le Street to watch the 20/20 game between Durham and Nottinghamshire

To get the day off to a good start a game had been arranged with Ponteland under 15s . The ground and facilities were excellent with our boys being green with envy at the practice facilities.

In the game Ponteland batted first and ran up 114. A good score to chase . Ben Harrison, their star player got them off to a good start scoring 24 before being well caught by Pierce Solley from the bowling of Nathan McNally. McNally bowled well with intelligent use of pace and spin to end up with analysis of 3 for 21 from 3 overs . His cause was greatly helped by 2 outstanding catches by Corrie Wilson . The senior first eleven could take note of what serious fielding practice can achieve.

Corrie Wilson also took two wickets in his bowling spell as did Gareth Renwick whilst Stuart Hair got the other one

Hawick started off not too well with Ewan Hair being out for a duck . McNally played well and looked to be having  a major say in the game when he and Declan Solley got stuck into the Ponteland attack. With the rules as they are Declan had to retire at 26. Unfortunately the rest of the team could not muster enough runs and we lost out by 31 runs.

From Ponteland we set off for Chester le Street and the big game. Our lads were announced to the large Sunday crowd and formed a guard of honour for the Teams coming on to the field. After the game a number of the Durham Team made themselves available and this was also great for the boys to meet Test stars like Liam Plunckett and be photographed with them. The weather was stunning and we all had an absolutely super day. We feel the team had a good day and certainly the seniors enjoyed every moment. Thanks are due to the organisers and also the Durham County Cricket Club for giving us a day to remember.

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