Clare Connor is the former captain of the England Women's Cricket team, leading the side to their first Ashes victory in 42 years. As the first woman appointed to the ICC's Cricket Committee, she is also involved in rules and matters related to the playing of the game.
Clare's cricketing career started when her talent as an all-rounder was picked up by Brighton College (men's) team. Shortly afterwards she was picked for England and was in the European under-23s cup winning team. She also became the first woman to play in The Cricketer Cup.
Becoming a first team regular, Clare took a hat-trick against India (one of only five players in a one day match to do so) and shortly after became England captain. She lead the team to the semi-finals of the World Cup and finished her six-year spell as captain, after over a decade in the England team, with the goal that arguably all England captain's aspire to; beating the Australians in an Ashes series. At county level, Clare lead Sussex to promotion from Division 2 and on to the County Championship.
After retiring from professional sport with over 100 international caps to her name, Clare taught English and PE at Brighton College whilst also heading up their PR and marketing department. She is now Head of Women's cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board (the ECB), in charge during a period of great success as England reign as World Champions at 50-overs and Twenty20 forms of the game. Clare is also the first female member of the International Cricket Council comittee, and is a a member of the board of Sport England.
Clare also regularly commentates for Channel 4 and the BBC, and writes for The Observer.
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