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Clare Connor steps up as MCC’s first female President

Clare Connor, England Women’s former Ashes-successful captain, has taken office at Lord’s as the 1st feminine President of MCC in the club’s 234-yr history.

Connor, who is also Director of Women’s Cricket at the ECB, was nominated for the position at the club’s AGM back in 2020, but her tenure was delayed by a yr thanks to Covid-19, with her predecessor Kumar Sangakkara staying on for a 2nd time period.

“I am actually honoured to be MCC President,” Connor claimed, “and would like to thank Kumar Sangakkara for placing his religion in me to supply this enormously significant position, for the great of the activity I have liked all my everyday living.

“I will test to bring my selection of experiences from the dressing room and the boardroom to assist, influence and function together with the club’s management and committees above the up coming 12 months. I am actually on the lookout ahead to becoming component of the MCC team”.

Connor manufactured her England debut in 1995 at the age of 19, and took above the captaincy in 2000, main England at Lord’s versus Australia a yr afterwards. An allrounder who bowled remaining-arm spin, Connor led England girls to their 1st Ashes triumph in forty two decades, overseeing a one- collection acquire in 2005.

She retired from the match before long following that collection, and in 2009 was manufactured an Honorary Existence Member of MCC, only a 10 years following the 1st feminine customers experienced been admitted to the club.

Her job in administration has integrated the introduction of central contracts for England women’s gamers in 2014, and the 1st tranche of domestic contracts for feminine cricketers in 2020. England’s World Cup acquire, in front of a entire house at Lord’s in 2017, served to elevate the profile of the women’s match in the Uk, while Connor was also a central determine in this summer’s successful launch of the women’s Hundred.

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Apart from her ECB duties, Connor has been chair of the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee since 2011, and has served as a director on the board of Sussex Cricket and Sport England.

MCC have also verified Bruce Carnegie-Brown as the club’s new chairman. He usually takes above from Gerald Corbett, whose highest 6 decades in office finished on 30 September 2021.

Carnegie-Brown is at this time chairman of Lloyd’s of London and vice-chairman of Santander Banking Group, and has been a entire member of MCC since 1997.

“It is a privilege to be MCC’s up coming chairman and to boost my involvement with these kinds of a special club,” he claimed. “I glance ahead to doing the job with the club’s customers to make sure that the Home of Cricket proceeds to give a entire world-course venue and heat welcome to gamers and website visitors from about the country and internationally.”