Edwards is England’s top female
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.