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Cricketer Connor carries Anguillan flag

25 July 2002

Cardigan Connor, the former Hampshire cricketer, will carry the flag for Anguilla in tonight’s opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games.

Cardigan Connor

Cardigan will lead the five Anguillan athletes into the City of Manchester Stadium

The 41-year-old is Chef de Mission to the team of five athletes from the small Caribbean island. The team comprises two female sprinters and three cyclists.

“It was a team decision that I carry the flag and I am proud to do so,” said Connor. “We have not produced many international athletes of note – and they have not got cricket in the Games this time around!”

Connor played cricket for Hampshire between 1984 and 1999, making his debut on 13 May, 1984, Anguilla’s national day. A fast medium bowler, Connor took 614 first-class wickets for Hampshire at an average of 31.74.

Connor is coaching cricket at three age levels in Anguilla – under-13, under-15 and under-19,

Connor says of his team’s experiences in Manchester: “The people here have been so special to us. A lot of independent energy is going our way.”

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