Teenage cricketer Ailsa Lister misses out on Scotland Wildcats international trip to Spain but lands national sportswomen of the year nomination
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A HUNTLY schoolgirl’s emergence as an international cricket star has landed her a nomination at the Scotland Women in Sport awards.
Gordon Schools fifth year pupil Ailsa Lister (16) has made the shortlist for the Young Sportswoman of the Year category based on her performances for Scotland and her Stoneywood-Dyce national league club.
“I wasn’t expecting to be a finalist but it’s quite exciting,” said Ailsa, who will learn of she is a winner at the awards on November 26.
A product of Huntly CC, where she followed her brother Stuart’s passion for the sport, Ailsa debuted for Scotland women’s under-17 team at the age of just 13.
She stepped up to Scotland A and then the senior Wildcats’ women’s first team, and was selected for the national squad to play five tour matches against Ireland in Spain this month.
Ailsa was due to fly out on Friday, but learned this week that the trip to La Manga has been called off due to the pandemic.
“It’s postponed, not cancelled and they are hoping to reschedule early next year. It was disappointing, but I’m hoping we will get to go out at some point,” she said.
Ailsa has perfected her skills as a wicket keeper since a young age but because the Scotland vice-captain plays in the same position, she aims to sharpen up her batting skills to make the team.
Her run-making skills have never been in question, as she returned back to her old Huntly stomping ground to play a regional under-16 tournament for Caledonian and hit her first-ever century.
The Caley coach that day was Neil Nicol, who nurtured her talents at Huntly CC at a young age and was proud to see how far her performances had developed.
Ailsa is the only female player at Stoneywood-Dyce and has made several first-team appearances with the men to date.