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Thatscricket - Women's - Connor breaks new ground, to play with men

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: One of the last male preserves in English sport crumbled this week when it was announced that a woman had been named in the squad of a cricket team competing in this year's Cricketer Cup.Clare Connor, the England women's captain, could be turning out for Old Brightonians against the Radley Rangers in the first round of the competition on June 2. Clare (25) is a left-arm spin bowler and right-handed bat. She made her England debut in 1995 against India and was made captain in January 2000. She led England to victory in the One-day International series against South Africa in 2000 and was named bowler-of-the-series against Australia last summer. Now in its 36th year, The Cricketer Cup run by The Cricketer International magazine - is a championship for teams of public school old boys and is one of the premier amateur competitions in the UK. It has previously attracted former Test captains and many county players, and now could break new ground by having the first woman playing in a 'men's' championship.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Ben Brocklehurst, chairman of The Cricketer International magazine, said, "The Cricketer Cup now represents some of the best amateur cricket played in the land. By and large, it also represents cricket played in the best spirit of the game".Cricket is traditionally one of the most male dominated sports. Rachael Heyhoe Flint MBE, England's most famous lady cricketer believes Clare's selection is great news for the game. "This is fantastic. I know Clare has been selected on merit. I do hope they have the changing accommodation sorted out!"The Cricketer International MD Tim Brocklehurst commented "The Cricketer Cup is seeking a new sponsor. Now that women can play in it too, perhaps we will attract the right brand."A photo call and the announcement of the Old Brightonians team will take place at The Cricketer International VIP Summer Party on Tuesday 14th May 2002 at Lamberhurst in Kent.Courtesy: Don Miles (www.webbsoc.demon.co.uk)

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