Helensburgh Cricket Club secured the Western District Cricket Union Second Division Championship last Saturday – although perhaps not in the way they might have hoped.

The final fixture of the season was a title decider against Kilmarnock - but the game fell victim to the weather, and with Helensburgh sitting fractionally ahead on win percentage, they were awarded the title.

It caps off an impressive season for the HCC, as they recorded wins over every side in the league and will now play First Division cricket next season.

First XI captain Ian Chambers admitted that everyone had a part to play in the triumph, all the way through the squad.

He said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the club, and it’s been a privilege to have had chance to lead the team this year.

“The entire club has contributed to the victory, both on and off the field. Jono Campbell has been a real plus in the side, but all the players, first and seconds, have raised their game in and around him.

“The club has won this trophy, not just the firsts - it has been a real team effort.

"But we can’t rest on our laurels. First Division cricket next year will be hard and the seconds will also see their games step up a level as they play in the Reserve League, so the planning for next season has already started.”

HCC have also reduced the average age of their playing squad - a key goal set out at the start of the 2017 season.

Chambers added: “At the start of the season we set out to be competitive, finish in the top half of the league and bring the average age of the side down.

"It’s fair to say we’ve exceeded on all counts as the average age of the side is now under 30.”

And to top off a successful season for the Burgh club, Gregor Chambers has represented the Scotland under-17s this summer.

Club chairman Graeme Lang was unable to hide his pride after a terrific year and is looking ahead to the celebrations.

He said: “We’ve had a successful summer with Gregor Chambers becoming our first international for many years and making his debut for Scotland U17s this summer, and Celean Lang is now embedded in the district set up.

“Winning the league is the icing on the cake of a fabulous season and I think we totally deserve it and I look forward celebrating with the whole club at the annual dinner on September 15.

The team now take a break until after October before preparations begin for life in Division One.