2015 Network Rail Cup
There was a series of firsts at the 2015 National Primary Schools Tournament at the picturesque Doo’cot Park cricket ground in Perth on Wednesday, and despite the sun struggling to break through the clouds, those attending were treated to some scintillating junior cricket and a very warm and friendly atmosphere.
This is the first year that Network Rail has generously sponsored the event and Mark Henderson (Senior Communications Manager of Network Rail in Scotland) attended with Cricket Scotland Chairman Tony Brian; the pair formed the presentation party at the end of the day. Cricket Scotland is delighted to be working with Network Rail as a partner in this event.
For the first time the number of primary schools taking in part in curriculum time taster sessions and local festivals exceeded the 300+ plus mark. All those competing in local festivals were in with a chance to play in the national event; drawing together these tournaments and festivals sixteen teams from across all of Scotland’s development group and local authority run primary school events came to Perth Doo’cot.
This year’s winners from Craigclowan School in Perth defeated their school’s B-team in the Perth and Kinross regional event. There have been two teams from the same town at Finals Day before but both Craigclowan teams progressing to Finals Day meant this was the first time that there were two teams from the same school among the sixteen finalists! Uniquely, in the history of the Primary Schools Cup, these two teams then swept all before them to reach the National Final together in a repeat of their regional event!
The team, imaginatively, called Craigclowan Sloths (they certainly weren’t on the day!) outplayed their school chums to lift the first Network Rail Cup and then, another first, the winning captain gave an acceptance speech in which he thanked all those involved in staging the tournament.
The Final placings
1- Craigclowan Sloths, Perth
2- Craigclowan Unicorns, Perth
3- Gullane, East Lothian
4- Gordon, Huntly
5- George Watson’s College, Edinburgh
6- Kinnoull, Perth
7- Millbank, Nairn
8- New Elgin, Moray
9- Timmergreens, Arbroath
10- High School of Glasgow
11- Arngask, Perth
12- Errol, Dundee
13- Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s, Hawick
14- Lundin Mill, Fife
15- Muckhart, Clackmannanshire
16- Springhill & Auchenback, Barrhead