SOPHIE Luff has confirmed she will be stepping down from her role as captain of Somerset Women.

The 29-year-old, who has captained her County with distinction since taking on the role, will still be available for selection when her Western Storm commitments allow.

Luff said: "It’s a decision which certainly hasn’t been taken lightly.

"Whilst I was away over the winter, it’s something that I thought about, and it seemed the right time to take a step back. It makes sense for the captaincy to go to someone who will be around the squad more often than my schedule will allow."

It has since been confirmed that Emily Edgcombe will be 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.

“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."