Edwards is pleased to complete ‘right move’

Charlotte Edwards. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Charlotte Edwards. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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HAMPSHIRE have recruited Charlotte Edwards for the club’s women’s side.

Edwards, who led the Ageas Bowl based Southern Vipers to this year’s inaugural Kia Super League title, has signed for Hampshire following a 16-season stay at Kent.

The former England captain will feature for Hampshire Women next season, alongside her role as skipper of the Southern Vipers and position of non-executive board director.

Edwards said: ‘After spending the last year at the Ageas bowl with the Southern Vipers it felt the right move for me to play my last few years of cricket with the club.

‘The opportunity has come at a great time in my career and I look forward to playing with such a young and exciting group.’

Edwards claimed four Ashes series victories, a World T20 title and World Cup crown as England captain, while also being awarded a CBE for her services to cricket in 2014.

The right-hander retired from international cricket this year, having totalled more than 10,000 international runs.

Hampshire Women head of performance and Southern Vipers manager, Bob Parks, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Charlotte to Hampshire.

‘She has been exceptional during her time at the Ageas Bowl so far as part of the Southern Vipers and the immense value, experience and knowledge she adds will be key in driving the improvement of women’s and girls’ cricket in Hampshire and across the Southern Vipers region.’