FORMER physiotherapist and Middlesex county cricketer Susan Boardman is the newly-elected lady captain at The Worcestershire in Malvern Wells. Born in Lancashire to golfing parents, Boardman learned golf at Whalley and has been a keen amateur sportswoman all her life, playing cricket to county level together with lacrosse and tennis to a fine standard.

She resumed the game when her other sporting activities had finished, joining Moor Park in Hertfordshire.

Boardman soon reduced her playing handicap to 10 and was lady captain in 2007/2008.

When her family moved to Malvern, she joined The Worcestershire, initially as a country member, in January 1990.

Boardman was a physiotherapist by profession.

Having trained at Kings College Hospital in London, she worked mainly in the NHS at Mount Vernon Hospital, specialising in burns, plastic surgery, hand injuries and orthopaedics.

However, in her spare time she was physiotherapist to Wasps' rugby union team for 20 years, some European Tour golf tournaments and to the England ladies’ cricket team.

She was in attendance at the first ladies’ cricket match to be played at Lords in 1976 and in India for the World Cup in the late 1970s.

Her latter years in the health service were spent as a therapy services manager in the South West Herts Hospitals Acute Trust.

Boardman’s nephew is a paramedic with the Midlands Air Ambulance, based at Strensham, and she has nominated this charity to receive funds raised during her year of office.

She looks forward to her time as lady captain and hopes to encourage as many ladies as possible to participate in the game.