South East Stars Aylish Cranstone is the latest professional to join the M&H ranks. The 27-year-old all-rounder has quite the resume, an England u19 international, a winner of the Kia Super League in 2018, and most recently a member of the London Spirit side in the inaugural Hundred tournament.
Aylish who has been playing cricket since the age of 10 described her first experiences with the game. “I started playing cricket at school in PE and then from there trained on a Friday night with Rowledge Cricket Club.”
Aylish has since played for various counties like Hampshire, Devon, and Surrey, and has been part of the Stars squad since 2020, playing in Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Now playing in the Hundred, Aylish is aware of the platform she is performing on, and the impact the Hundred has had on her career.
“To play at Lords for the tournament was a surreal experience.” Furthermore, Aylish spoke about her time with the London Spirit squad, “It was nice to be integrated with the men, both parties felt they were one joint unity representing London.”
“When it came to double headers, we would have 15,000 fans showing up to support both the men and the women, families of all ages making a real day of it.”
Aylish is eager to continue her good fortune this summer and is hoping to inspire the next generation of young girls coming through. Aylish spoke about her mindset and what advice she would have for any young girl on her cricketing journey.
“It’s really important to know you are always going to get out, so playing with an element of fearlessness will enable you to perform at your best,” Aylish said.
Aylish will be back this summer playing in the Hundred and representing the South East Stars in the Rachel Flint Trophy.