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Edwards goes back to her roots

Charlotte Edwards visits Ramsey Cricket Club with the Women's Ashes trophy

Charlotte Edwards' trip to her home ground in Huntingdonshire helped her to reflect on a wonderful summer with England Women's successful Ashes series.

As part of the Ashes trophy tour, which sees each player visit their hometown club, the most-capped ODI player in women`s cricket visited Ramsey Cricket Club where, as a youngster, she used to watch her father play.

The locals turned out in force to see the Ashes-winning skipper and left Edwards - who was captain of Huntingdonshire under-16 boys as a teenager - taking in just how much the women's game had changed.

Charlotte Edwards poses outside her local county's ground with the Women's Ashes trophy during its tour of the country“When I sat in that score box when I was about 11, I never thought I would achieve what I've achieved in the game,” she told ecb.co.uk.

“I just have to pinch myself so see, not only where I've gone in my career, but mostly (where) the game (has gone) and I think that's the most important thing.

“It's great to see. I think it's got a huge way to go still, but it's in a good place at the moment and everybody involved should be very proud of it.”

Just how much the women's game has grown was highlighted by Edwards' appearance at Ramsey. A number of young girls turned up for a special coaching session from the 33-year-old.

And Edwards is delighted to have played her part in inspiring the next generation of female cricketers.

She said: “That's something I'm as proud of as anything, to come here tonight - where girls never played cricket; I was the only girl that played - and see so many girls wanting to play the game.

“Huntingdon this year has four county age-group teams. I'm just as proud of seeing the game growing in a very small county like Huntingdon as winning the Ashes."

England Women won the first multi-format Ashes series 12-4, having trailed 4-2 with five games left to play, wrapping up the series in the penultimate game at the Ageas Bowl.

England skipper Charlotte Edwards puts a group of local youngsters through their paces at Ramsey Cricket Club"It was an unbelievable three weeks," said Edwards of a campaign that started with a Test match before taking in three one-day internationals and three T20s.

"The Test match doesn't even seem part of the Ashes it seems such a long time ago, but Heather Knight's hundred and Laura Marsh and Heather's partnership went such a long way for us regaining these Ashes.

"The Rose Bowl will live with me for the rest of my life and then to get to lift the trophy at Durham. Every game was so special.

"It was great cricket but also the support we had was unbelievable and I want to thank everyone who came out and watched us because without their support I know this trophy probably wouldn't be sat where it is today."

Edwards was ecstatic that the ECB had arranged to take the trophy on tour, allowing the players to thank those who had helped their careers take off.

“This is where it all began for me and to bring the trophy back home is pretty special,” she said. “It's great to see so many young girls and people from the club turn out.

“It's fantastic for us as players to be able to go to our home clubs, where it all began. These people played such a huge part in us being where we are today and (it is) just a small thank-you really from us for them to see we do appreciate everything they did.”

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