In Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List Caldy Cricket Club’s Chris Edwards has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Learning Disability Cricket.
A spokesperson for the club said, “This is such a remarkable achievement for Chris and so thoroughly well deserved. A true servant not just to the club, but to the country and to learning disability cricket at Caldy, in Cheshire and the country.”
This week is National Cricket Week and Chris has been helping out with cricket lessons at Clare Mount Specialist Sports College in Moreton. This reflects Chris’s introduction to cricket at school age, when he found an interest in cricket while at Elleray Park school in New Brighton.
Chris is the Learning Disability England captain. Since 2012, has been working for Cheshire Cricket Board as full-time coach and manages the Cheshire Learning Disability team and also runs the disability cricket team at Caldy Cricket Club.
The highlight of Chris’s career so far has been captaining England and Wales to a 5-1 demolition of Australia in the 2015 Inas International Cricket Series in Melbourne. He was named player of the series.
Chris also played a starring role in the in 2009 Inas Tri-Nation Series against Australia and South Africa with two man of the match performances in Melbourne. Chris was named ECB Disability Cricketer of the Year in 2010.
A year later, Chris was again the top performer with three man of the match awards as England won the Tri-Nation Series against the same opponents in Kimberley, South Africa.
He also delivers coaching sessions in school and club settings as well as on Cheshire’s Junior Development Programme.
Caldy Cricket Club Chairman, David Brown, said, “Basically there are not enough words for how proud we all are of Chris and how much he deserves this recognition. Such a brilliant guy who works selflessly for cricket across the county and at our club. A wonderful human being who we are all blessed to know and share cricket with.”