Clare speaking at the 2007 Lashings match at Brighton College
Friday, 09 September 2005

Clare Connor MBE (W. 1989-94) captained England's women to their first Ashes series win in 42 years with a triumph over Australia in the second and final test in Worcester on Friday.

The champagne flowed long into the night after Clare's England team clinched their first Test series victory over rivals Australia since 1963 with a six-wicket win at New Road.

It was also the first time England had beaten the Aussies in a Test match since the 1984 triumph at Adelaide and added to the euphoria currently engulfing the nation as cricket fever reaches epic proportions.

While the men were forcing Australia onto the back foot at Trent Bridge, the women struck the first blow as they completely outplayed the tourists at Worcester to spark scenes of jubilation.

15 year-old Brighton College pupil Holly Colvin was selected for the first Women's Ashes Test of this summer at Hove after a stunning domestic season and a training session where she bowled superbly at the England batsmen just 24 hours prior to the Test starting. Her orthodox left arm spin looked as if it would be handy on a dry, turning wicket.

The hunch paid off, and Holly returned figures of 3-67 in the first innings. She was not out of her depth at any stage, and the England coach was stunned at her awareness and understanding of the art of left-arm spin.

Holly was a hit with all the players, and she should be so proud of becoming the youngest player, male or female, to play Test cricket in England. That was her only England cap of the summer, but her future career looks as if it is set to be a dazzling one.

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