GALLERY: 1,200-strong crowd watch England women’s cricket team take on Warboys

England Ladies v Warboys CC, Captain Charlotte Edwards, with (l-r) Ellie Smith, Abbie Smith, both fr

England Ladies v Warboys CC, Captain Charlotte Edwards, with (l-r) Ellie Smith, Abbie Smith, both from Upwood, and Annabelle Woodward, from Bury. - Credit: Archant

When Charlotte Edwards played her first game of senior cricket at Warboys as an 11-year-old she could never have dreamt that she would one day be back with England women’s team to play in front of 1,200 people.

That’s what happened on Sunday (September 14) when an almost full-strength national side took on the village club’s 1st XI – and it was the Ashes winners who came out on top.

But for Edwards, there was no dream return.

Despite averaging 82.5 runs this summer, the 34-year-old was on just seven when she was caught by Dan Wright off the bowling of Dan Malem.

Tammy Beaumont starred with the bat for England, who scored 159-7, which proved too much for Warboys, who finished on 123-6, with Chris Whitfield the host’s player of the match.

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Amanda Large, who with partner Martin Croucher led the organising team, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.

The whole boundary, the whole way round, was full of people. It was a lovely community day.

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“Thanks to everyone who came along and to Charlotte and the ladies for what they did.”

More than 400 people bought tickets for a VIP marquee where they were served hog roast and cream teas, while another 800 cricket fans crammed into the ground.

The event, which included an auction, live music from St Ives-based Bird and a Band, and a hog roast, raised about £15,000 for the club and will go towards its plans for a pavilion, as well as Chance to Shine, a charity promoting cricket in schools.

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