Following on from the news of Charlotte Edwards’ retirement from Kent after 16 seasons, Hampshire Cricket have today announced that Edwards will, as of the 2017 season, be representing Hampshire Women.
Having captained Southern Vipers – who are based at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl – to victory in the inaugural KSL earlier this year, as well as being recently appointed a management board director of Hampshire CCC, a move to Hampshire makes logistical sense for Edwards. It will enable her to continue to play county cricket while also committing large portions of her time to KSL.
Bob Parks, Hampshire Women’s Head of Performance and the Southern Vipers Manager, said that he was “delighted to welcome Charlotte to Hampshire ahead of the 2017 season. 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.”
While Vipers triumphed in the KSL, Hampshire currently linger in Division 2 of the County Championship, and will no doubt be hoping that Edwards can spur them on to promotion next season.