Cricketers create history to reach national league

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GLENROTHES Cricket Club capped an amazing season with a double play-off success at the weekend.

The Town Park team’s first XI can now look forward to playing in the National League next term.

They began their bid to reach the top flight with victory over Dundee High School FP at Falkland’s Scroggie Park on Saturday.

And they followed that up with a resounding win over Edinburgh Accies in the second play-off on Sunday to clinch their place in Scottish cricket’s top league.

Glenrothes captain, Ian Dale, hailed the weekend success.

He said: “This is truly a magnificent achievement for a relatively small club like Glenrothes and it’s a culmination of two years of hard work both on and off the field.”

All-rounder Greig Hopcroft added: “This is by far one of the biggest achievements in the club’s 55 year history. For the club to be up in the National League is a fantastic thing and something to look forward to in 2013.”

In Saturday’s first play-off, Glenrothes were sent in to bat after Dundee won the toss and set a total of 219/9 from our 50 overs.

Dundee started their chase well, but with some good bowling and fielding they succumbed to 84 all out.

Against Edinburgh, the toss again went against Glenrothes and the highest total of the season was posted, with 255 from 50 overs.

As the clouds gathered the Accies innings stuttered and they were bowled out for 62 in reply.

With the innings rapped up in only 16 overs, the celebrations could begin.