Aylish Cranstone from Headley Down has been awarded £1,500 in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability through the OCS Young Sports Person Awards in partnership with SportsAid. Cricketer Aylish beat stiff competition to win the regional award for the South East region.
Aylish, fifteen, took up cricket when she was just nine years old at Rowledge Cricket Club in Farnham. She began to play in a mixed team and then progressed to playing in a girl’s team. Aylish was influenced by her friends to participate as they all play cricket too and she trains with her father, also a keen cricketer.
An excellent batter, Aylish is one of the most consistent players in her club and has opened batting in three major competitions. She was the leading run scorer on the U17’s Development Tour in South Africa with the England U17 Team and last season in the U15 county cricket, she averaged over a hundred runs. Aylish is the top batter for Hampshire U17 girls and plays for Portsmouth Community as well.
Travelling to London to collect her award at a celebratory event on 25th November in the OCS Stand at the Brit Oval, Aylish will join winners from the nine other UK regions and the Disabled Athlete and Young Star category winners. On the day OCS will announce one overall winner, who will receive a further £8,500-worth of support over three years.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners will attend the event alongside a host of top sporting stars including Ade Adepitan MBE, Iwan Thomas MBE and Rory Underwood MBE.
Chris Cracknell, chief executive of OCS said, “The OCS Young Sports Person Awards and our partnership with SportsAid strongly underpins our objective of putting something back into the communities in which we work and supporting young people through financial assistance and encouragement in their sporting activities. Our winners have gone on to achieve great things for our country and we will continue to support our sporting future as we race towards 2012.”