Monday 25 August 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards
Charlotte Edwards is our choice for the Player Of The Week award after her performances against India
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England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after she played key roles in putting her side 2-0 up in their One-Day International series against India Women.

Edwards scored a rapid half-century in the opening match, which England won by 42 runs, before scoring a record ninth ODI century in the second game.

After successfully negotiating an outstanding spell of bowling from Jhulan Goswami and Nagarajan Niranjana, she went on to score 108 not out, setting England up for a 13-run win.

Her innings means she is now the leading century-maker in Women's One-Day Internationals and on a day where no other player bettered 43, it was a stunning effort.

In the opening match, England had been set 184 to win in 42 overs, and with more rain threatening, Edwards cracked 57 in 64 balls during a 110-run partnership with Heather Knight which put England on course for a comfortable win.

Knight was another contender for the award, as she also hit a half-century in the opening match and then took three wickets, following that up with two wickets in the second game, including that of Mithali Raj.

Elsewhere, it was a good week for South Africa, who won the final two One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe with a number of players impressing.

Wayne Parnell was perhaps the pick of them, with five wickets in all and an important 27 in the first game of the week while Elton Chigumbura's 90 in the second game was among the only contributions from the home side.

The West Indies also made it two wins from two and the superb partnership between Kieron Pollard (89) and Denesh Ramdin (76) that rescued them in the first match after Anamul Haque (109) had scored a century was hugely important for the home side.

The second ODI proved to be far less of a contest when Bangladesh were bowled out for 70 - Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach both taking three wickets.

But perhaps the partnership of the week came during the first One-Day International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Step aside Edwards-Knight and Pollard-Ramdin because Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam's effort of 147 for the sixth wicket put their team on course for a victory that looked well beyond them when they came together.

There were also two wins this week for Australia Women, with efforts from Jess Cameron and Jess Jonassen particularly noteworthy as they went 2-0 up in their ODI series against Pakistan, for whom Sana Mir has also produced a couple of fine performances with five wickets in the series.

However, Edwards, for her consistency and excellence at the top of the order - as well as captaining the side - wins this week's award.

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