Sep 5 2012 by Jeff Holmes, Paisley Daily Express
Renfrew Cricket Club will play in the top tier of the Scottish game next term after winning the Western League First Division.
Celebrations went on long into Saturday night as Sajid Majeed’s side completed the lengthy journey from Glasgow & District League to the SCL Western Premier Division.
And Majeed insisted that despite their game with Kelburne being abandoned, the title had been won over a long and arduous campaign.
He said: “It’s a fantastic feeling, and I do admit that the celebrations were long and great fun.
“In my mind, we thoroughly deserved to win the title.
“We’ve come a long way since playing in the Glasgow & District League, and I will be so proud when we take our place at cricket’s top table next season. “It was a great shame the way the weather controlled Saturday’s match, but you win championships over the course of an entire season – not one day.”
Majeed admitted that it was touch and go whether or not the KGV side would see any action at all at the weekend.
He said: “It wasn’t the greatest of days on Saturday, and we eventually started the match over an hour and twenty minutes late.
“The conditions were damp, and we put Kelburne in to bat and they managed 140 for six.
“We then started off with 46 for one after 15 overs and were well on course to reach the Duckworth-Lewis target for restricted matches.
“The rain came on though, and we waited patiently in the clubhouse for it to go off, but it never did, and the match was finally abandoned at 6.40pm.
“We always prefer to play our games, although we did know that all we had to do was avoid defeat to win the league. We had a lot to lose by playing, but we were desperate to give it a go.
“We knew that Ferguslie had lost and that we would be champions – and it is a wonderful feeling.
“All the guys have put in so much hard work so it all worked out well in the end, although it wasn’t so good for Kelburne, who were in trouble near the bottom of the table.
“I also want to say a big thank you to our Asian players who have been fasting recently. They showed a tremendous level of commitment, and are to be commended for that.”
Majeed has been skipper of the Frew for 13 years now, but admitted this season has been a case of ‘lucky 13’.
He said: “How can I possibly be superstitious after this? 13 is supposed to be unlucky, but it has certainly been lucky for me on this occasion.
“Seriously though, I’m just delighted for everyone connected with the club who have worked so hard this season.
“We are now up there with the best in the country, and I’ll give it a few weeks before deciding if we have to add to the squad.
“It’s only right, though, that the players who have got us up there are given every chance to prove that they are Premier League players.
“We will take a break, but I’m already excited about playing in the Premier Division next term.
“I’m sure we will enjoy playing in the top flight, but for now I’m just happy to bask in our title glory – we certainly deserve it.”