Scotland’s U19 team made it to the U19 World Cup through Europe Qualifier. Recently, the team met the Netherlands in three-match T20s which they won with ease. Right after announcing the final team, they travelled to Spain and practised there for a month.
The team had a good outing against the USA where they won by 45 runs. However, they couldn’t carry on the form as Sri Lanka defeated them in the second game by seven wickets.
Katherine Fraser (c), Ailsa Lister (vc)(wk), Molly Barbour-Smith(replaced by Kirsty McColl ), Olivia Bell, Darcey Carter, Maryam Faisal, Maisie Maceira, Orla Montgomery, Niamh Muir, Molly Paton, Niamh Robertson-Jack, Nayma Sheikh, Anne Sturgess, Emily Tucker, Emma Walsingham
Three players- Katherine Fraser (c), Ailsa Lister (vc)(wk) and Olivia Bell have already played for the senior team.
Katherine Fraser was just 14 when she made her senior team debut in 2019. When she was young, she also played a bit of rugby but with years, her focus changed to cricket. The off-spinner has played 31 T20Is and has picked up 39 wickets. She will be batting at number three here and is likely to play a major role.
In the warm-ups, she grabbed three wickets and ended with 3/7 against USA U19.
Ailsa Lister is one of the in-form players here. The wicket-keeper batter scored a 55-ball ton against the Netherlands in August 2022.
Lister has represented the senior team in 16 games and has a strike rate of 116.3. Lister will open the batting for Scotland and in the warm-up against the USA, she scored 42.
Lister was inspired by her brother to take up cricket. She became a keeper as none of the girls in her academy wanted to keep wickets. Recently, Lister and her brother became the first sister-brother pair to play in Eastern Premier League.
Kirsty McColl replaced Molly Barbour-Smith in the team after the latter was ruled out with a fractured finger. McColl is the sister of Scotland senior cricketer Megan McColl. She idolizes Shafali Verma.
Olivia Bell debuted for Scotland in 2022 and she played against UAE women. In the warm-ups, she went wicketless. Bell began to play cricket only in 2020. A top-order batter and an off-spinner. She was a part of the Thunder Academy team last year.
Darcey Carter is tall and bowls off-spin apart from opening the batting. She was involved in a 204-run opening stand with Alisa Lister against the Netherlands recently. She remained unbeaten with 103 runs from just 55 deliveries. Carter has represented Kent cricket U15 and is a part of England’s South East Stars.
In the warm-up match against the USA, Carter scored 41 runs from 27 deliveries. She is the one to watch out for here.
Maryam Faisal is the 1st choice keeper for the team. The 17-year-old also bowls leg spin. She will be batting at number five for the team. Maryam Faisal was also a part of the Scotland U17 team. Maryam has played most of her cricket for the West of Scotland team that ended as the runners-up in the Women’s Scottish T20 Cup in 2021.
Maisie Maceira is one of the pacer bowling all-rounders in the team. She plays for Carlton Cricket Club which won the Scottish T20 Cup. In the competition’s semi-final, Maceira ended with 4-2-3-2. Maceira has represented Scotland U15s and other age groups as well. Maceira ended with 3/15 against the USA recently in the Warm-ups.
Also, Maceira is an excellent artist.
Orla Montgomery bowls pace. She is one of the quickest in the team. Orla took up cricket when she was young and was inspired by her brother Glen. They played a lot together while growing up. She is also a big fan of Shabnim Ismail.
Orla has been a part of the senior campaign for around six years now. The 18-year-old is from Dumfries.
Niamh Muir began playing the game only three years ago. She is an all-rounder. Muir and Montgomery play together in Dumfries and Galloway Women’s team. She also has played most of her cricket in the UK. Muir opens the batting for her club. She idolizes Ben Stokes.
Molly Paton bats in the middle order and is an all-rounder. Her recent best performance came against George Watson’s College where she ended with 5/1 and also added a cameo. Molly Paton also represented the Scotland team that toured to play against Lancashire women. When she was 10, Molly Paton was the only girl in the cricket festival organized by her school, Loretto.
Niamh Robertson-Jack is a dual-sport. She also plays rugby and has represented Scotland’s age group teams. The 17-year-old bowls fast. She took up cricket when she was 12. She usually opens the bowling for her club and is expected to bowl her full overs here.
Nayma Shiekh is the daughter of cricketer Moon Mughis Sheikh. The duo plays together for their club. Moon, who had to give up cricket early in her life, used to go to the academy to support her daughter and son but she ended up playing the game. A couple of years ago, the duo lifted the Women’s T20 Beyond boundaries title together. Nayma also picked up the Community sportsperson of the year award in 2022.
Anne Sturgess is a pace bowler. The 18-year-old didn’t feature in the recent warm-up games. Sturgess loves to sweep and that is her go-to shot. She plays for Clydesdale Cricket Club.
Emily Tucker is yet another all-rounder on the side. She usually opens the bowling as well as batting for her club side. In the warm-up games, she batted in the middle order. Tucker is one of the quickest between the wickets. She also plays hockey during her free time.
Emma Walsingham is one of the players to watch out for here. The youngster was the 1st centurian in the 2021 Cricket Scotland Women’s Premier League. She is also handy with the ball. In the 2021 edition of the Under 18 Regional series, Emma smashed 123-ball 160. She is one of the talents to keep an eye on here.