Edwards named disability cricketer of the year
Chris Edwards was named the inaugural Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year at the Cricket Writers Club Annual Lunch in October.
The award, presented to a member of the England Disability squads for their contribution to the development of the sport as opposed to performance, was collected by Edwards who is the captain of the national learning disability side and also a full time coach with the Cheshire Cricket Board.
Edwards captained the England Learning Disability side to a tri-series victory over Australia and South Africa this summer having also led his team to a 5-1 Ashes series victory in 2015. And as a full-time coach with the Cheshire Cricket Board, he works in schools and with community groups while as head coach with Cheshire’s Disability Team, he has spent many hours of his own time to ensure the group have access to high-quality coaching and as many games as possible. He also delivers the Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket programme.
David Collier, Chairman of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for the four England disability squads and this award looks to reflect the hard work and progress of the players, while showcasing disability cricket and the fantastic role models in the squads to not only the tens of thousands of youngsters who take part in the Lord’s Taverners disability cricket programmes every year, but to all England cricket fans.
“Chris has made a huge different to the development of cricket in this country and I am sure all will agree that he is a fantastic role model for the sport.”
Edwards added: “It’s a huge honour to receive the award and be recognised for the work I’ve done in disability cricket. But it’s also an award that I’d like to dedicate this to my England team mates and Cheshire board colleagues as without their support and help, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.”