LOSSIEMOUTH’S Hythehill primary beat Applegrove Primary in the regional finals of the national kwik cricket contest.
The coast school came out on top from 12 primaries at Linzee Gordon Park in Buckie, putting them into the national competition due to be held at Perth, against Scotland’s best.
The regional final was the culmination of a series of Moray Kwik Cricket Festivals hosted by local clubs involved in the North of Scotland Cricket Association.
Elgin, Forres, Buckie and Fochabers each hosted a festival, as well as another in Speyside. Schools have been receiving cricket coaching sessions over recent months from the clubs, as well as school staff.
The competition is organised by the local clubs, Moray Cricket Association, Active Schools and the Moray Council’s sports development section.
The 12 schools who made it through to the finals were: Portessie, Cullen, Rothes, Hythehill, Burghead, Anderson’s, Cluny, Mortlach, Bishopmill, Applegrove, Alves and Milne’s.
Moray Active Schools co-ordinator Roy McPherson said that some high-quality batting and bowling caught the attention of representatives from the sport’s governing body in Scotland.
"It was really well-received, and it was all played in a very positive spirit," he said. "It’s probably as good a standard as I have seen at this event.
"The guys from Cricket Scotland were impressed by what they saw."