Ramsey lady is England’s best

Charlotte Edwards has won the England Womens' Player-of-the-Year prize again.
Charlotte Edwards has won the England Womens' Player-of-the-Year prize again.
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Former Ramsey Cricket Club player Charlotte Edwards has been named England Womens’ player-of-the-year for 2014.

It’s the second year running that England captain Edwards, who hails from Pidley in Cambridgeshire, has won the top award.

The 35-year-old has skippered her country for the last nine years - she’s outlasted eight England mens’ captains in all formats of the game in that time - and played international cricket since 1996 when she was just 16.

During the last 12 months Edwards averaged 76 in seven one-day internationals and just over 59 in six Twenty/20 matches.

She captained England to one day international series victories against India and New Zealand, alongside twenty/20 series victories against South Africa and New Zealand.

Star players Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Taylor were the other nominees for the award.

Joe Root won the England mens’ award.

Edwards’ one century in 2014 came in the second one day international against India at Scarborough, when her 108 gave England a total that proved just enough in a tight contest and earned two important points as part of the newly launched ICC Women’s Championship, which is part of the qualification process for the next World Cup - to be held in England in 2017.

During the awards event at Lord’s on Monday (May 18), Edwards was also presented with a silver England cap by the ECB’s director of women’s cricket, Clare Connor, to celebrate her 200th match as England captain.

The feat was achieved during England’s third twenty/20 match against New Zealand in February.

Edwards will captain England in a home Ashes series this summer, including an August Test match on her current home ground, Canterbury in August. Edwards plays her county cricket for Kent.

England will also host Australia in one-day and twenty/20 matches at Taunton, Bristol, Worcester, Chelmsford, Hove and Cardiff.

All seven matches will be screened live by Sky Sports.