INSPIRATIONAL Irvine Cricket Club at last won a national final on Sunday, following heartbreaking defeats.

And they stayed on course to clinch promotion to the Western Premier Division 24 hours earlier when they swept aside Drumpellier at Marress.

They made the short trip through to Bothwell Policies, home of Uddingston Cricket Club to take on Gordonians in the Cricket Scotland Trophy final,

In near-perfect conditions Rafay Ashraf's side lost the toss and the northerners opted to bat first.

The borderer were bowled all out for 87, with South African amateur Brandon Harwood taking six for 15 in eight overs in a stunning spell.

In reply Irvine were 92-5, giving them a five-wicket victory.

On Saturday Drumpellier won the toss and opted to bat first.

They got off to a good start with the number two and three batsmen putting on 39 and 41 respectively.

However the bowlers then took charge, with South African amateurs Harwood and Jonathan Waspe taking two wickets apiece as the Coatridge side ended their innings on 143 all out.

After a disappointing start, Irvine took control, Ashraf hitting 25 and Harwood 32. But the best hit came from Pashtoon Mohiagha who just missed out on a half-century, blasting 49 as Irvine ended their innings on 144-7, giving them a three-wicket victory

Jubilant Ashraf said: "It's a fantastic achievement to win a national final, considering we had lost it four times. I was delighted for Brandon, who has such a great game. It was supposed to be a 40 overs-a-side game but ended up being 20-a-side. We are on a good run of form and still in with a chance of promotion if we win our last two games and Stirling County lose one of their last two."