Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that Emily Edgcombe has been named as the new Captain of Somerset Women.

The 23-year-old allrounder was born in Cornwall and made her debut for her home County in 2014. She represented Devon from 2017 and captained them in the 2019 Twenty20 Cup.

Emily, who bowls left-arm seam, represented Western Storm in 2020 and 2021.

In 2022 Emily, who away from the game is an NHS worker, joined Somerset and was the team’s joint-leading wicket taker in the Twenty20 Cup, claiming 12 wickets at an average of 18.71.

In her youth, Emily was part of the national development programme at under-15 level and played twice against Scotland in 2017.

Regarding her new role, Emily said: “To be named captain really means a lot. I’m really excited to get started and it’s an amazing feeling to take over from Luffy, because she’s a legend. I hope that I can help and encourage the young players in the squad this year, and I want to be someone that the players can approach.

“It’s an exciting time for the women’s game and the goal is obviously to win every game that we play. We had a successful season last year against some hard opposition, and hopefully we can do well again this year.”

Head Coach, Dave Roberts added: “It’s a great opportunity for Emily to take the team forward and I know she is excited to take on the challenge.”