Birthday Honours For Edwards, Gunn

Charlotte Edwards, Jenny Gunn
Charlotte Edwards (right) has been given a CBE and Jenny Gunn (left) an MBE
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England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards (CBE) and vice-captain Jenny Gunn (MBE) have been awarded honours for services to cricket in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Others honoured for their contributions to the game are Ken Lake, Dr Paul Hawkins, Sue Drinkwater, Jane Hannah, Julie Cowley and Gordon Edwards.

Charlotte Edwards' CBE comes after a year in which she led England to an Ashes success in Australia, the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and last week she was named as England Women's Cricketer Of The Year by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Gunn, vice-captain of England since 2010, became England's leading wicket-taker during the 2013 Ashes and has now played more than 200 matches for her country.

Paying tribute to the pair, ECB chief executive David Collier said: "On behalf of everyone at the ECB, I would like to pass on our sincere congratulations to Charlotte Edwards and Jenny Gunn on their CBE and MBE awards. 

"This is fitting recognition for both players after leading the England women’s side during an exceptionally successful 12 months for the team.
"Charlotte, Jenny and their England teammates are all wonderful ambassadors for the wider women’s game, and through their work with Chance to Shine they act as inspirational role models for young players in schools across the country."
Commenting on her award, Charlotte Edwards added: “I am absolutely delighted. This is a huge honour and rounds-off an extraordinary year for me and the England women’s side. 

"I am so proud of everything that the team has achieved over the last 12 months – to win back-to-back Women’s Ashes Series and reach an ICC World Twenty20 final is pretty special."
Gunn added: "When I made my England debut 10 years ago I never dreamed that I would be made an MBE – this is totally unexpected and something that I am immensely proud of and honoured to receive."

And Collier also paid tribute to the others who have been honoured.

"It’s fantastic that the work of unpaid volunteers like Ken Lake, Sue Drinkwater and Gordon Cooper has been rewarded as their tireless work at grassroots level plays a vital role in sustaining our recreational game and bringing new people into the sport.
"ECB’s Jane Hannah has taken a lead role in promoting volunteering across our national network of clubs and leagues.

"Her award is richly deserved and recognises her outstanding work in establishing the vCricket programme which won a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013 and is closely linked to our annual NatWest OSCAs event which rewards cricket volunteers nationwide.
"This year Jane is working on engaging with the South Asian community across the game in England and Wales.

"Away from her hard work at ECB, Jane also practices what she preaches, and has volunteered for a number of years as chair of her local basketball club and more recently joining the Suffolk Sports Board.
"Julie and the rest of the administrative team at Edgbaston worked tirelessly behind the scenes last summer to make the ICC Champions Trophy a huge success and helped ensure that the final attended by the ICC Board and Chief Executives, was a memorable occasion for all concerned."

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