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CURRENT ENGLAND WOMEN'S PLAYERS

Clare Connor, England Captain
(Sussex and Brighton & Hove CC)

Clare Connor

England Captain since January 2000. Left-arm spin bowler and right-hand bat. Clare was named Vodafone Player of the Year in May 2002. Clare was England's second highest wicket taker against India last summer (2002) and the leading wicket taker against Australia the year before.

Clare works extensively in the cricket media and became the first woman TV cricket commentator joining Channel 4's award-winning team this summer. She has also commentated on Test Match Special. Clare writes regular columns for The Cricketer and The Observer.

Clare took 5-65 in the opening Test against Australia in England 2001 and 11 wickets in the two Test and three one-day international series, winning the Vodafone Bowler of the Series Award.

She made her Senior Test and ODI debut against India in 1995; took a hat-trick against India at Northampton in 1999 finishing with figures of 5-49, and was named Vodafone All-Rounder of the Series.

Clare also captains Sussex and Brighton & Hove LCC. Teaches English and PE at her old school, Brighton College, but is taking a year off from teaching in 2003/4 to concentrate on cricket.


Clare Taylor MBE
(Yorkshire and Wakefield WCC)

Medium pace bowler. One of the most successful bowlers in the women's game, Clare became the first England player to take 100 international wickets last summer.

Clare was the second highest wicket taker overall at the World Cup in New Zealand 2000 and won the Vodafone Best Performance of the Year Award for her 3-30 against Australia during the tournament.

Clare has spent two winter seasons with the New Zealand State side Otago and plays for Yorkshire.

Clare was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2000 for her services to women's sport. A double international, Clare has represented England at both cricket and football and was a member of the winning World Cup cricket team in 1993.

Sport England Sporting Ambassador. Read Geography and was awarded an honorary MA by Hull University for her Services to Sport.


Charlotte Edwards
(Kent, Invicta WCC)

Vice-Captain and top order bat. First selected for England aged 16 against New Zealand in 1996.

England's leading run-scorer, Charlotte's highest score is 173 not out against Ireland in the 1997 World Cup, the day before her 18th birthday, and she scored her maiden Test century (108) against India in 1999.

Won Vodafone Best Batsman Award for the winter tour to Australia in January 2000 and took the Best Batsman award in the Frizzell Women's County Championship that year.

Regained her England place last summer following a year's absence from the game due to cruciate ligament damage to her knee and was England's leading run-scorer against Australia in the recent Ashes Series.

Works for Hunts County Bats.


Claire Taylor
(Berkshire, Redoubtables WCC)

Top order bat (reserve wicket keeper). Claire made her maiden Test century against Australia at Headingley in 2001, scoring 137. She was

England's leading run-scorer in the 2000 World Cup. Voted Fleming Banking Women's Player of the Year, 2001.

Toured South Africa with England U21s in 1998 and averaged over 50. Joined the senior squad against Australia in the same year.

Read Maths at Oxford, played cricket and captained the hockey team while at university. Also represented England in U17 and U19 hockey squads.

Claire has left work as a Systems Manager to concentrate on her cricket career.


Lucy Pearson
(Staffordshire and Wolverhampton LCC)

Left-arm fast bowler. Current Vodafone Player of the Year and enjoying the richest form of her career. Lucy became only the third woman in over 70 years of Test history to take 11 wickets in one match, and the first for nearly 50 years against Australia at The Bradman Oval in February 2003. The haul included an innings best 7-51.

Voted Vodafone Player of the Year 2000, the first woman to receive the award. Lucy missed most of the 2002 summer with a stress injury to her right ankle, although did take three wickets for two runs in the opening ODI against India.

Lucy made her England debut in 1996 in the 3rd Test against New Zealand.

Read English at Oxford and played hockey as well as cricket. Teaches English and PE at Solihull School.


Laura Newton
(Cheshire, Wolverhampton WCC)

Left-arm medium-pace bowler. Laura made her England debut in 2002 and took 2-31 in the ODI Final against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street.

Laura has represented England at U19 and U17 level, playing in two European Cup tournaments. At 2001 Cup she returned her best bowling figures of 3-8. Part of the Championship winning Yorkshire team in 2002, she also plays for Leeds/Bradford UCCE and is studying for a BA (Hons) in Physical Education.

Laura began playing cricket aged 11 with Keighley U13 boy's team and first played women's cricket with Yorkshire Under 15s aged 12.


Laura Spragg
(Yorkshire, North Riding WCC)

Left-arm medium-pace bowler. Laura made her England debut against India this summer (2002) and took a wicket as well as scoring 21 in a 9th wicket partnership of 45. Took 2-31 in the ODI Final against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Laura has represented England at U19 and U17 level, playing in two European Cup tournaments. At last year's Cup she returned her best bowling figures of 3-8. Part of the Championship winning Yorkshire team this year, she also plays for Leeds/Bradford UCCE and is studying for a BA (Hons) in Physical Education.

Laura began playing cricket aged 11 with Keighley U13 boy's team and first played women's cricket with Yorkshire Under 15's aged 12.


Isa Guha
(Berkshire, Reading Ridgeway WCC)

Isa made her debut against India in 2002 in the quadrangular tournament between England, New Zealand and India and the Test series against India.

Took five wickets in the three ODI matches, and was dubbed the girl who 'Bowls It Like Botham'. Named BBC Asian Network Sports Personality of the Year for 2002.

Toured with the England U19 team last winter to Australia, where she was named Bowler of the Series as England won six out of six matches in the ACB U19 State Tournament.


Lydia Greenway
(Kent, Hayes Hurricanes WCC)

Lydia, aged 17, made her debut against Australia last winter in the first Ashes Test at The Gabba, Brisbane. Lydia made 88 on her senior England debut against Australia 'A' and enjoyed a good Ashes series.

One of the brightest batting prospects to emerge since Charlotte Edwards, Lydia was also part of the England U19 side which toured Australia earlier in the winter, averaging 42.


Hannah Lloyd
(Somerset, Somerset LCC)

Top order bat. Hannah made her debut against Australia in 2001 - did not travel to India later that year due to University commitments. She represented England U21s in their tour of South Africa in 1996 and went on to play in England's winning European Cup side in 1999.

Started playing aged 10 for Pontarddulais boy's team, playing women's cricket at 15 with The West regional side. Hannah graduated with a BSc Sport and PE at Wales Institute, Cardiff and then a PGCE at Exeter University. Is teaching PE in Cheltenham.


Jane Smit
(Nottinghamshire and Thrumpton WCC)

Wicketkeeper and right-hand middle order bat. Made her England debut in 1992 and won the World Cup the following year. Jane is the most successful keeper in the world, holding the career-best record with her 78 dismissals.

Has regained her place after a year's absence from the England set-up.

A member of the winning 1993 World Cup team, Jane kept wicket in the two following World Cup Tournaments (1997 & 2000). Jane also holds a share of the ODI record for England's fourth and fifth wicket partnerships respectively scoring 131 not out with Charlotte Edwards in Pune,1997 and 188 not out with Claire Taylor in Lincoln, NZ.

Former Nottinghamshire hockey player and still plays for Nottingham Highfields. Jane lives and works in Derbyshire.


Beth Morgan
(Middlesex, Gunnersbury WCC)

Beth has been called into the England squad for the first time this summer.
Began playing cricket aged 13 and has represented England at U17, travelling to South Africa aged 16, and U21 levels and England 'A'.

Beth is in her second year of study for a (BSc) Psychology degree at the University of Reading.


Rosalie Birch
(Sussex, Brighton and Hove WCC)

Top order bat and off spin bowler. Rosalie made her England U17 debut against Holland in 2000 and started playing for current Frizzell County Champions Sussex aged 11. Her highest score is 107 not out against Derbyshire.

Currently on a gap year having completed her 'A' Levels at Varndean College in Brighton. Works as a cricket coach in schools in Brighton.


Helen Wardlaw
(Yorkshire, Wakefield WCC)

Off spin bowler. Made England U19 debut last year and has been part of the England training squad for two years. Also represented England at U17 level, playing in the European Cup in 2001. Toured Australia with England U19s in 2002/03.

Started playing aged eight with her local boys club, and progressed to Yorkshire County junior squads, making her senior county debut in 1997.

Helped Yorkshire retain their title in 2002, and Wakefield WCC win the ECB Cup.

Works for Watt Gilchrist as a Finance Assistant.

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