CRICKET: Huntingdonshire sporting heroine Charlotte Edwards calls time on her glittering career

Charlotte Edwards celebrates during her distinguished England career.

Charlotte Edwards celebrates during her distinguished England career. - Credit: Archant

One of Huntingdonshire’s greatest sporting stars – and one of the most decorated cricketers of all-time - has retired.

Charlotte Edwards called time on her illustrious career late last week at the age of 37.

She announced the decision during an interview on BBC radio following the final of the Women’s Super League, in which her Southern Vipers side were beaten by the Western Storm.

Speaking immediately after the Friday showpiece, Edwards said: “Tonight is my last game. Some things have to come to an end. I’m really proud of the team but it’s time for me to move on.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter and Iwalk away happy. I knew halfway through the tournament that it was my last year but I’ve enjoyed every minute.

“It’s been a pretty easy decision. I’ve loved playing in this competition but it’s time for the younger girls to play against the best players in the world.

“I’ve got memories that will serve me a lifetime and I feel incredibly lucky to have played in the era I did.”

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Edwards grew up in Pidley and took her first steps into the cricketing world at Ramsey Cricket Club.

She enjoyed an incredible and often historic journey in the sport which included an international debut in 1996 as the youngest-ever player to represent England.

Edwards continued to star for her country for 20 years, spending 11 of them as captain and piling up 309 caps.

She became the only player, male or female, to skipper England in more than 200 international matches before retiring from the international game in May, 2016 after she was controversially pushed aside as captain by coach Mark Robinson.

Edwards worked as a television pundit when England won the World Cup this year and is also an ambassador for the Chance To Shine charity which aims to increase the participation of children in the sport.