Tricky group won't derail Scotland's hopes in South Africa

U19 Women's T20WC

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Scotland are placed in a difficult group at the ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup, but they have enough experience in their squad to progress to the Super Six phase of the tournament.


Scotland: Katherine Fraser (c), Ailsa Lister (vc)(wk), Olivia Bell, Darcey Carter, Maryam Faisal, Maisie Maceira, Kirsty McColl, Orla Montgomery, Niamh Muir, Molly Paton, Niamh Robertson-Jack, Nayma Sheikh, Anne Sturgess, Emily Tucker, Emma Walsingham

Players with senior experience: Three


January 14 v UAE, Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni
January 16 v South Africa, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
January 18 v India, Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni

Key player - Katherine Fraser

Fraser already has 31 senior caps to her name and the 17-year-old will be expected to use all of her experience to guide the Scottish team to success in her role as skipper in South Africa.

It is with the ball that Fraser is more renowned and the right-armer will likely insert herself into the bowling attack during the middle overs in an attempt to slow the scoring rate of opposition teams.

The off-spinner has also been used with the new-ball previously, so don't be surprised to see Fraser try and set the tone for the bowling group and keep things tight early on.

Given her experience at senior level, Fraser is also likely to be called on to bolster the batting line-up and score some runs in the middle order.


With many players in the Scotland squad boasting experience at senior level, there is no reason to suggest why the European side can't mix it with the best teams at the event.

They are placed in a tough group though, with matches against hosts South Africa and powerhouse India following a winnable match first up against the UAE.

That clash to open the tournament looms as a must-win encounter for Scotland, with the top three teams from the group progressing through to the Super Six stage of the event.

Realistically this should be the minimum expected of this talented Scotland squad and, with the likes of Ailsa Lister, Olivia Bell and Fraser at their disposal, there is no reason why they can’t achieve this goal.


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