Millbank Elementary School crowned winner of the Kwik Inter-School Cricket Festival in Buckie
MILLBANK Primary were crowned champions at last week’s Kwik Inter-School Cricket Festival in Buckie.
Eight local primary schools converged on Linzee Gordon Park on Wednesday May 11 for the return of the festival, which was taking place for the first time since 2019.
The eight schools – all in the Buckie area – were split into two groups of four, with the winners of each automatically qualifying for the Moray finals.
The runners-up in each group then had to fight for third place in a tense jump-off.
In the first group, Millbank won all of their matches, with St Peters finishing second – only losing to the group winners a close game that could have gone either way.
The second group saw Findochty emerge victorious, winning all of their matches. Cluny secured second place.
Cluny and St Peter’s had to play for third place after securing second places in the groups.
Cluny decided to beat first and posted a very respectable 247 points.
St. Peters played well but would need to beat just as well. Halfway through, it was tough to pick a winner, but St. Peters saved the heavy hitters for last and managed to amass 269 points to win.
With all three qualifiers decided, it was time to decide the champion of the day as group winners Millbank and Findochty faced off in the final.
Findochty – winners in 2019 – won the toss and decided to strike first. But they lost wickets early as Millbank played well. The defending champions eventually finished out of 220 races.
Millbank were in no mood to hold back as they came into the crease and, despite some impressive late Findochty bowling, racked up 261 runs to clinch the trophy.
A Buckie Cricket Club spokesperson said: “All matches were played in the best spirit with the teams playing graceful whether they win or lose.
“Each student was a credit to themselves, to their school and to cricket.
“Buckie Cricket Club wishes all three teams a successful Moray Final.”