Charlotte Edwards celebrates 200 games as England captain
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Huntingdonshire heroine Charlotte Edwards has celebrated a magnificent sporting milestone.
The first lady of international cricket captained the England Women’s team for the 200th time as they claimed a five-wicket win over New Zealand late on Monday night.
The triumph clinched a 2-1 victory in the Twenty20 series – the latest in a long line of achievements for the 35-year-old from Pidley.
“It was the perfect outcome,” said Edwards. “I can’t thank everyone who has helped me along the way enough – especially my friends and family, and my teammates for making it such a special day with a series win.
“It is a huge honour to reach this sort of milestone and I’m very proud to have captained my country for so long.”
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Edwards made her England debut in 1996 at the age of 16. She took over the captaincy in 2005 when predecessor Claire Connor was injured and succeeded her on a permanent basis the following year.
Her reign has featured three Ashes triumphs as well as World Cup and World Twenty20 glory in 2009.
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She added: “I have some wonderful memories to look back on.
“My enjoyment of the game and passion for it gets me through and that is why I have played so many games.”
Opener Edwards could manage only five runs in her landmark game, but England still comfortably surpassed the Kiwi tally of 97-9 to win with eight balls to spare.
Edwards intends to play on until after the 2017 Women’s World Cup.