Perth and Kinross Primary Schools - Kwik Cricket Tournaments 2015
The annual primary schools kwik cricket tournaments were held across Perth and Kinross last week with a phenomenal 86 teams taking part.
Perth and Kinross Cricket Development Officer, Kirsteen Ross, said “The tournaments are the culmination of the weekly coaching sessions that the Live Active cricket coaches have delivered to 43 primary schools across the County this year.
The children have learned new skills such as bowling, batting and fielding and practised high and close catching. The tournaments were a fun and participative way for the children to implement and develop the skills they have worked on at school”.
Due to high demand, two tournaments were held at the beautiful Doo’cot Park cricket ground in Scone, Perth. Newcomers to the tournaments, Craigclowan School, were Monday’s winners and Auchtergaven Primary School from Bankfoot were Wednesday’s Perth winners. Both winners along with runners up from Oakbank, Kinnoull and North Muirton Primary Schools have secured places in the Perth and Kinross Area finals held in a week’s time. The children from Craigclowan School received the ‘Ferguson Shield’ in memory of the late Alec Ferguson a stalwart of the Perthshire County cricket scene and great supporter of local cricket.
Meigle Cricket Club hosted the Blairgowrie Cluster event with 14 local teams taking part. Burrelton Primary retained the title for the third year in a row and they will be joined by runners up St. Stephen’s PS and Meigle PS in the regional finals.
The fourth event was held at Breadalbane Cricket Club in Aberfeldy for the Highland Perthshire Schools. The winner of this tournament was Pitlochry PS with Breadalbane Academy Primary School in second place.
The final tournament was hosted by Kinross-shire Cricket Club at Loch Leven Community Campus. This was a very close and exciting contest with Arngask Primary School narrowly beating four-time winners, Portmoak Primary School ‘Bears’ team by 21 runs to take the 2015 title. The Portmoak ‘Tigers’ took third place with each of those top three teams winning all their games and the final placings decided by run rate. Kinross Primary came fourth and also secured a place at the Area finals day,
Cricket Development Officer, Kirsteen Ross said “the standard of cricket has been tremendous at each of the five primary school cricket tournaments and we have seen some stunningly good catches, explosive and big hitting batting and some very accurate cricket bowling. It has been a pleasure to see all of the children execute the skills that the Live Active cricket coaching team has taught them at school sessions, to such a high standard in the matches. Each player improved greatly throughout the day and really benefitted from the experience of playing matches and developing their skills. Well done to all the children for their great efforts and superb sportsmanship displayed throughout the week”.
Kirsteen Ross would like to thank all the schools for the welcome, enthusiasm and support shown to her coaching team over the past year and to the clubs for their support at the events last week.