Ed­wards is Eng­land’s top fe­male

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

CHAR­LOTTE Ed­wards, Pi­d­ley’s proud­est ex­port, has been named Eng­land Ladies Crick­eter of the Year.

The Eng­land skip­per, who learnt the sport at Ram­sey CC, col­lected her award at a lav­ish din­ner in the Long Room at Lord’s this week.

Ed­wards was re­warded for an­other ex­cel­lent 12 months lead­ing Eng­land to a clean sweep of vic­to­ries, while also av­er­ag­ing over 50 with the bat.

But, typ­i­cally, the 32 year-old in­sisted the prize was a re­ward the en­tire Eng­land team who have beaten Australia, New Zealand, In­dia and South Africa in the last 12 months,

Ed­wards, who plays her county cricket for Kent Ladies said: “It was a mas­sive hon­our to re­ceive the award on be­half of all the team.

“Ul­ti­mately the suc­cess of the team over the last 12 months has been the most pleas­ing thing for me and the fact I’m con­tribut­ing to that has made it all the sweeter.

“It’s nice to win awards, but it’s the suc­cess of the team we’re judged on. We keep rais­ing the bar as a team and it’s cer­tainly the best side I’ve been in.

“Re­sults have been fan­tas­tic, but we’ve got a mas­sive 12 months ahead.

“There’s a lot of cricket to be played but hope­fully we can carry our form from the last two years into this sum­mer. The signs look re­ally good.

“It’s been an in­cred­i­ble cou­ple of sea­sons, but we don’t want the run of good form to end for a long time.”

Ed­wards, who has been Eng­land cap­tain since 2006, is no stranger to awards. She was named ICC Lady Player of the Year in 2008 and has led her coun­try to world cup wins in one-day cricket and Twenty/20 cricket as well as The Ashes.

This sum­mer Eng­land will be favourites to win home one-day and Twenty/20 se­ries against In­dia and the West Indies.

Ed­wards has played over 100 one day in­ter­na­tion­als for Eng­land and scored over 4,500 runs. She also boasts a Test av­er­age of al­most 50.

Fast bowler Jimmy An­der­son was named Eng­land men’s crick­eter of the year.

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