Clare Connor was an All Rounder Right handed batsman and a Left arm slow orthodox bowler with the England National Women’s cricket team. She has also played fro the Sussex Women’s team.
Clare Connor made her debut in International cricket in a One day International match against the Denmark Women’s team at Dublin in 1995. Connor bowled 6.5 overs giving away just 1 run and claimed the wickets of Susanne Neilsen and Dorte Christensen helping England to win the match by 133 runs. A few months later in December, Connor player her first test against the Indian Women’s team at Hyderabad. In the first innings, Connor bowled 8 overs and claimed a wicket giving away just 18 runs. Coming to bat at the tail end, she remained not out at 3 runs. In the second innings, Connor bowled 4 overs giving away just 12 runs however could not claim a single wicket. She also scored 13 runs from 43 balls which included a boundary and was caught out by Shyama Shaw off a ball by Purnima Rau. The match ended in a draw. In 1999, in a match against India, Connor claimed a hat trick. Connor was made captain of the England Women’s team in 2000 and led the team till she retired in 2006. In 2007, she was made the head of England Cricket Board’s Women’s cricket.
In a total of 93 One day Internationals, Connor has scored 1087 runs with a high score of 85 runs not out. She also has 80 ODI wickets at an economy of 3.48 to her name. In a total of 16 test matches, she has scored 502 runs and claimed 24 wickets at an economy of 1.95 runs per over.
Captain, England Women’s team, 2000- 2006Member of the Order of the British Empire, 2004Officer of the Order of the British Empire, 2006Head, ECB Women’s Cricket, 2007.