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Record-breaking Charlotte to lead team into World Cup semi final

Charlotte Edwards T20 career

Charlotte Edwards leads the England cricket team into the T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia tomorrow.

And the Cambridgeshire sportswoman does so as a record breaker.

She's become the first cricketer, male or female, to score 2,500 runs in international T-20 history.

She passed the milestone by scoring an unbeaten 77 in England's final group game against Pakistan over the Easter weekend.

That took Charlotte to 2,574 career runs, that's 400 runs more than New Zealand's Brendan McCullum who holds the record in the mens game.

Pakistan fast bowler Riaz joins Essex for T20 campaign

Wahab Riaz in action for Surrey in last year's T20 Blast. Credit: PA

Essex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz for their Natwest T20 Blast campaign this summer.

The 30-year-old will play the first seven games of the competition, before he's replaced by New Zealand international Adam Milne.

Riaz regularly bowls at speeds of 90mph and is likely to be part of Pakistan's squad to face England this summer.

"We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season.

He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

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Essex all-rounder Westley agrees contract extension

Tom Westley is staying with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Tom Westley has signed a new contract with the club and has also been named as the new vice-captain.

The 26-year-old appeared for England Lions this winter and has played 99 First Class games for Essex.

Westley's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

“Tom has been exceptional for us over the past few seasons, and it seems the logical next step in his progression to take on the role of vice-captain.

We are delighted he has signed his new contract. He has an excellent cricket brain, and I believe he will enjoy the added responsibility."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

Essex sign New Zealand paceman Milne for T20 campaign

Adam Milne will join Essex in June. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Adam Milne for the second half of T20 Blast Group Stage campaign.

The 23-year-old has played 14 T20 internationals for his country and is known for his pace.

He will join up with the Eagles in June and will feature in seven games in total.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to join Essex and help contribute to a successful Natwest T20 Blast.

Essex is a club with such a fantastic history and I look forward to wearing the Eagles logo with pride and making an impact to help bring the T20 Blast silverware to Chelmsford."

– Adam Milne, Essex Eagles

Essex star Bopara pens new two-year deal

Ravi Bopara has agreed a new two-year deal. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a new two-year deal with the county.

The England international has agreed a contract that will run until the end of the 2017 season.

Bopara made his debut for Essex way back in 2002.

“I am happy to have signed a new contract. The club is making some changes with Ronnie (Irani) on board. I’ve played a lot under Ronnie, I know him very well, and I’m trusting him to get things the way we all want here at Essex.

We’re a team that should be competing and performing at a higher level than we are. I think we can achieve that with a couple of new signings and I’m confident that the club will get that right.”

– Ravi Bopara, Essex

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Ryan ten Doeschate extends stay with Essex

Ryan ten Doeschate Credit: PA

Ryan ten Doeschate has extended his stay with Essex County Cricket Club.

The limited overs captain will stay with the county until 2017. During his stay at the ECG he's led the side to four consecutive quarter finals.

"I am delighted to be staying at this wonderful club. Essex gave me my chance in County Cricket, and I want more than anything to keep repaying them for their faith with a trophy and promotion.

We’ve underachieved as a group this year and we will be working even harder to improve next year.”

– Ryan ten Doeschate

Essex star Topley handed first England senior call-up

Reece Topley has been called up for the first time. Credit: PA

Essex bowler Reece Topley has been handed his first senior international call-up.

The 21-year-old has been named in England's T20 squad to take on New Zealand next week.

He's one of five uncapped players picked by the selectors for the one-off game at Old Trafford on June 23.

Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey has also been given the nod for the first time in the shortest form of the game.

David Willey in action for England's ODI team. Credit: PA

"This match against New Zealand allows us another opportunity to look at players relatively new to international cricket as we look to build a squad for the World T20 in India this winter.

The squad is made up of players who have demonstrated their ability in domestic cricket and fully deserve a chance to continue their progress against a very good New Zealand side.

We have already seen our limited overs cricket begin to move in the right direction which is exciting but we are all aware that we have plenty more to do if we are going to challenge the very best sides in the world on a regular basis.”

– James Whitaker, National Selector

England T20 squad to face New Zealand:

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Essex), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

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