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England Cricket Captain Clare Connor


England Cricket Clare Connor (capt)/photo Don Miles
2, Were you happy with England’s Performance during the World Cup 2004?
I was happy with elements of our performance. Reaching the semi-finals was our minimum aim and we achieved that, but we really wanted to make the Final, we had been working towards it and were well prepared for a place in the final stage of matches. However our performances did prove that we are closing the gap between us and the Australians and that it is definitely going to be a competitive summer with this forthcoming series against the Australians.
5, Does it bring new challenges being the captain of the England Cricket Team?
Being the England captain does bring new challenges, even after having done it for the last five years. There are always new things being thrown at you. My relationship with Head Coach, Richard bates is good after working together for the last two years. I always enjoy welcoming new players into the squad.
6, How do the public and the media treat you, because you are playing in a male dominated sport?
The barriers are gradually being broken down. As soon as people give you a chance and watch women’s cricket they realize it’s different in terms of strength and pace, but that it’s a sport in its own right. We are getting more media exposure and that’s great.
WSR Caught up with Clare to ask her some questions before the Ashes Tour against Australia from the 9th August. (see the cricket page for details)

Clare Connor has been England captain since 2000.
She is a left-arm off-spin bowler and right-hand bat. Clare has led England to one-day series victories against South Africa and India and to the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa 2005. She has consistently been one of England’s leading wicket takers combined with exciting match-winning innings in the middle order.

1, When did you first start playing professional cricket?
Women’s Cricket is nearly semi-professional. Levels of funding were introduced in 2001. Clare started playing for England in 1995. She was involved in 2001 when the levels of funding were introduced in 2001.
3, How do you see women’s cricket prospering from here?
Women’s cricket is in a healthy state in England and there are burgeoning numbers of women cricketers in both clubs and schools. I can’t see it becoming professional any time soon, but definitely achieving full semi-professional status. That would allow players to train properly and balance work and training.
4, Do you study the men’s form to help the ladies team in general?
I study men’s cricket as I’m interested in it and there is much more men’s cricket on show. I love cricket in general and think there are lots of parallels between the two. I don’t watch men’s cricket to learn from it but I do learn from other captains.


Women's Sport Report Introduces England Cricketer Isa Guha

Isa Guha/photo Don Miles
2, Were you happy with England’s Performance during the World Cup 2004?
It was slightly disappointing, as we didn’t play as well as we all knew we could. Even though we didn’t get the results we wanted there were flashes of brilliance including our fielding which we can only build on.
4, Is the team feeling positive about the Ashes tour coming up?
From the semi-final I think we all realised that we are very much capable of beating Australia. We have learnt from our mistakes and continue to build on our strengths and with even more players in form this is a great opportunity to show what we can do against the best in the world. So there is definitely a positive attitude going into the series.
6, Do you study the men’s form of the game to help the ladies team?
I’m always watching men’s cricket when I get the chance because I enjoy it but also to learn from. It is limited though because women’s cricket is a lot different to the men’s form of the game: the tactics especially. There is a lack of strength so we would have slight different field placings to the men.
WSR Caught up with Isa to ask her some questions before the Ashes Tour against Australia from the 9th August. (see the cricket page for details)

I started playing cricket when I was 8 for a boys Colts section at High Wycombe cricket club. My parents realised I was interested when I used to chase after the ball when my brother was practicing in the back garden. I recently turned 20 and I am currently working part-time after taking an interruption year from UCL where I am doing Bsc Biochemistry. I am a bowling all-rounder and play for Reading and captain Berkshire.

1, When did you first start playing professional cricket?
I started playing semi-professional cricket in my first England women's game against India in a Tri-series in 2002.
3, How do you see women’s cricket prospering from here?
It is growing from strength to strength with the increase in the number of girls playing as well as the media attention. However it is still a long way away from being a professional sport.
5, Did people think it was strange when you first started playing cricket?
As a girl I think so….mainly because I started in a boys team. However, it was not hard to see I was keen and coming from an Asian background where cricket is highly regarded people came to terms with it. I used to enjoy getting boys out when I was younger because that was what they were afraid of….to get out to a girl! My friends from school still keep me grounded though because many of them just aren’t interested.
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