Ayr Cricket Club celebrated promotion to Western District Cricket Union Premier Division with a final day derby win over Thomson McCallum Irvine .

Having won the league a fortnight ago a much changed side headed to Marress for the final game of the First Division season, but this allowed a number of youngsters to bat and bowl at a higher level.

The home team batted first and got off to a slow start against some tight Ayr bowling.

Once the initial breakthrough was made wickets began to fall at regular intervals with Ayr spinners Andi McElnea and Callum Leck each claiming two wickets.

The duo only conceded a miserly 15 runs between them in the 14 overs they bowled, with Leck finishing with 2-9 from his eight overs and McElnea 2-6 from his six overs.

With Irvine still struggling to get any impetus into their innings Scott McElnea returned to the attack and quickly polished up the tail as they were bowled out for 104.

Ayr’s reply got off to a decent start before Lloyd Jefferson was bowled for fourteen by Dees.

Fellow opener Michael English continued his excellent performance this season, top-scoring with 43.

He also shared in a partnership of 60 with Jonny Baines (26) before falling leg before wicket to Abbas with only eight runs required for victory. 

They were duly scored next over, with young Jake Woodhouse hitting the winning runs as they reached 105-4 to win by six wickets.