Harriet Edwards

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Date of Birth: 29/04/1993

Occupation: Correspondance Co-ordinator

Debut for club:  25/04/2010 v Ashford, away

Indoor debut:  14/02/2010 v Yateley at Dummer

Batting style: Right Hand Bat

Bowling style: Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler

Nickname: Baz

1st XI Squad Number: 59

Kit Number: 7

Overseas with HP: Denmark 2013, Dublin 2015, La Manga 2016, Dresden 2019

Representative Honours: Hampshire age groups and seniors, Oxfordshire seniors

Medals: 

Southern Premier League Winner   2019

Southern League Championship Winner  2012

Southern League Division 1 Winner  2010

Kia Summer Smash Winner  2019

Hampshire Cricket League Winner  2013, 2015

Hampshire Sixes Winner  2015

Ashford 8s Winner   2017, 2020

Ickenham Sixes Winner  2013, 2015

La Manga Sixes Winner   2016

 

                        

South Hants Women’s League Winner 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

South Hants Women’s Cup Winner  2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

South Hants Men’s Div 3 Winner   2015

Serious Cricket League Winner   2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 

Dresden International  2019

Indoor:

HP Awards: 

Most Improved Player 2011

Indoor Player of the Year 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019

Player of the Year 2015

Harriet Batchelor had played against HP for a couple of years for Portsmouth, when her mum Tina approached us at an indoor game at Fleming Park one evening asking if her daughter could join HP as we appeared to be enjoying ourselves more!  We did not realise it at the time, but that conversation in January 2010 has turned out to be a very significant one for us.

Baz has been ubiquitous at the club ever since.  A bit of a tearaway quick bowler as a youngster, she was already playing for Hants juniors when she joined us. Issues with the legalities of her bowling action caused her action to be remodelled and some pace was sacrificed for greater consistency. Helping us win Southern League Division 1 in her first season with us, Baz has now been an integral part of HP for 11 years, playing a part in virtually all of our triumphs, both indoor and out.

A season spent playing grade cricket in Australia in 2013/14 helped her development into an all-round cricketer who inevitably contributes in some capacity. Her batting has improved considerably over the years, and she has willingly moved up and down the order to accommodate the needs of the team, often pressed into service as an opener. In 2018 she scored two half-centuries in a day in a T20 double header at Ansty, and she has a highest score of 93, made against the Royal Navy in 2016. She also shared in what is still the highest 8th wicket partnership for the club -  102 with Carrie Ann White in 2011, and is fifth in the list of all-time run scorers for HP. With the ball Baz has become one of our most reliable and consistent performers and is now our leading wicket-taker, with 134 under her belt. She was our player of the year in 2015, when she topped the batting charts and completed the double, and led the catching stats in 2016.  

Baz has been a key part of winning HP teams in three divisions of the Southern League, the Hampshire League, various festivals and of course the Kia Summer Smash success at the Oval in 2019. 

All of the above would affirm her status in the club’s history on its own – but we must also add in her indoor achievements. Baz has mastered the art of indoor batting, and is arguably now the best exponent anywhere in the women’s game. She is behind only Jem in both runs and wickets for HP, and has picked up 21 indoor medals along the way, as well as being our Indoor Player of the Year on 4 occasions. She has scored over 1,000 runs in a calendar year for the club on three occasions.

She has represented both Hampshire and Oxfordshire in county cricket, and has also played for the Club Cricket Conference and MCC. 

There is, of course, more to being a club player than performances on the field and Baz is involved in so many other aspects. In 2019 she took on, in conjunction with Sian, the coaching role with the Panthers, our softball ladies (and in a reversal of roles recruited her mum). She has been on four overseas trips with the club, and if we look back at all of the pivotal moments in the past decade, Baz has been involved in nearly all of them. That conversation at Fleming Park eleven years ago was certainly a worthwhile one.

Recently married to Sian, Baz is now embarking on the next phase of her life - but will doubtless continue to be a big part of the HP story.

 

 

Here are some comments from Baz:

When did you join Hursley Park ?

2010

 

Did you play for a different club(s) previously ?

Fareham juniors / Portsmouth CC

Why did you join HP ? 

I was playing for Portsmouth cc against Hursley Park, at the quarters. I loved the ground and Hursley was the best women’s club at the time, and still is! 

What do you like most about playing for HP ?

Hursley being a second family

What has been your most memorable personal HP moment ?

Apart from winning the premier league, I have never really been a batsmen, so when I got 93 playing against the navy I was pretty chuffed. 

What are your main hobbies apart from cricket ?

Hobbies apart from cricket?!?!?!?!

What do you do for a job ?

Correspondence coordinator at Simplyhealth (but could be a plumber, TV engineer, cookie baker, social worker, the list goes on) 

 

About your HP teammates:

 

Who is the funniest ?

Ohhh I have a couple Rach - I look forward to playing cricket when her name is on the team sheet, especially fielding at mid off when Rach is bowling. And Beesle - just because! 

 

Who is the worst dresser ? 

Sian, but I don't think I can talk!

 

Who has the worst taste in music ? 

Sorry Jem, your dance moves are great though!

 

In a car of four on a long away trip who would be your first choice three companions and why ?

JEM (gets me snacks, oh and drinks!) Sian (DJ) and Rach (Entertainment)