East Kilbride and Forfarshire take Division 1 titles
From Cricket Media: David Kelso
East Kilbride and Forfarshire insist they are confident of mounting a meaningful challenge in next summer's top flight leagues after securing the Western and Eastern zones of the First Division respectively.
A marvellous century by Gary Kleinveldt was the highlight of EK's convincing triumph over chief chasers Ferguslie at Torrance House, while Shire recorded their expected success at the expense of basement boys Penicuik at Kirkhill.
For EK, it will be a first taste of cricket at the upper level, while the Broughty Ferry brigade are bouncing back up to where they were a year ago.
East Kilbride captain Harmanjit Singh said: "This is fitting reward for a small club who have so many people who work tirelessly such as Bill Linley, who is retired but acts as our groundsmen and has never asked for anything.
"And there is Brian Kampman with all his fundraising and the running of the club."
Shire all rounder Aman Bailwal said: "It was so disappointing to get relegated a year ago, but the manner in which we have bounced back has been very pleasing to say the least.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the younger lads in Bail squad will acquit themselves to being on the stage alongside the likes of Arbroath.
"Scott Cameron is a good example of someone who can perform strongly at that standard. Two years is a long time in cricket in terms of players' abilities."