Full name Clare Joanne Connor
Born September 1, 1976, Brighton, Sussex
Current age 38 years 333 days
Major teams England Women, Sussex Women
Also known as Des O
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||India Women v England Women at Hyderabad (Deccan), Dec 10-13, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||England Women v Australia Women at Worcester, Aug 24-27, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Denmark Women v England Women at Dublin, Jul 19, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England Women v Australia Women at Taunton, Sep 1, 2005 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England Women v New Zealand Women at Hove, Aug 5, 2004 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England Women v Australia Women at Taunton, Sep 2, 2005 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/31||Lashings XI||v Brighton Col||Brighton||21 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|0/35||Lashings XI||v Culford School Headmaster's XI||Bury St Edmunds||17 Jun 2007||Other OD|
|5/36||Lashings XI||v Taunton||Taunton||4 Jul 2006||Other OD|
Clare Connor finished her six-year stint as England captain by winning the Ashes, but missed the winter tour of the subcontinent that followed through injury and announced her retirement soon after, even though she was still not 30. She had been juggling a number of balls for some time. She teaches English and PE at Brighton College while heading up their PR operations, and managed to squeeze in commentary stints on Channel 4 among other media work (although she was helped by having a sabbatical). She received the MBE in 2004 and after a glittering 2005 the OBE was added to her many other achievements which include being named Vodafone Player of the Year in 2002.
An allrounder who batted right-handed and bowled slow left-armers, Connor was appointed England captain in 2000, a role which she grew into gradually. Slowly, surely, she helped to mould England into a force to be reckoned with which culminated in their 1-0 Ashes series win in 2005. England had last won the Ashes a mere 42 years before.
Connor first made the headlines when she played cricket for Brighton College 1st XI. In 2002, she became the first women to play in The Cricketer Cup when she appeared for Old Brightonians against Lancing Rovers. Other career highlights include taking a televised hat-trick for England against India in 1999.
In 2007 she was appointed as ECB's head of women's cricket.
Awarded the MBE on 12th June 2004
Awarded the OBE on 31st December 2005
The mauling at Lord's means once again England are being reactive in terms of who bats at one-drop. It also means they are likely to shed their new-found aggression