Howzat! England captain Charlotte Edwards gives cricketing masterclass at Wisbech Grammar School

England Women's cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, with Wisbech Grammar School pupils. Picture: Ste

England Women's cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, with Wisbech Grammar School pupils. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Sixth formers at Wisbech Grammar School were bowled over by a special visit from England Women’s cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards.

England Women's cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, with Wisbech Grammar School pupils. Picture: Ste

England Women's cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, with Wisbech Grammar School pupils. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The 36-year-old, who guided England to back-to-back Ashes titles in 2013, stopped by at the school on Tuesday April 26 to teach Fenland’s future cricket stars a thing or two on bowling, batting and catching.

Edwards was treated to a tour and lunch by head teacher, Chris Staley, before sharing her expertise with the girls’ cricket first team in the sports hall.

Huntingdon-born Charlotte, who was part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in Delhi last month, said she was delighted to see so much enthusiasm for cricket in Wisbech.

She said: “Being here has been brilliant. To come somewhere local and see so much enthusiasm for cricket is great.

Charlotte Edwards gives her cricketing advise to pupils at Wisbech Grammar School. Photo: Steve Will

Charlotte Edwards gives her cricketing advise to pupils at Wisbech Grammar School. Photo: Steve Williams - Credit: Archant


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“Encouraging young people to get into the sport has been a real passion of mine, and it’s been nice to have a day off from my hectic schedule and see so many keen players getting involved.”

Over twenty students enjoyed the visit of the England star, and the school’s director of sport, Phillip Webb, will be a big boost for its current cricketers.

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He said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Charlotte here. To have the England captain at the school is the biggest encouragement for the girls who play cricket here and we’re extremely grateful for her coming.”

Charlotte Edwards. Photo: Steve Williams

Charlotte Edwards. Photo: Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

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