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Cook praise as Durham scoop prize

Geoff Cook
Cook led Durham to the 2008 County championship

Durham coach Geoff Cook paid tribute to all associated with the club after they received the Team of the Year prize at Sunday's North East Sports Awards.

The County champions were honoured for their achievements while Cook himself picked up the Coach of the Year prize.

"The team one is most important," he told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"We've had a terrific attitude right through the club, people had the right approach to things and it's a pleasure to be involved with the players."

At the beginning of the campaign Durham were seeking to push on having clinched a thrilling Friends' Provident Trophy win against Hampshire at Lord's.

With the championship title now installed in the cabinet, Cook admitted he now hopes the club can continue in that vein.

"We've proved this season we're not a one-off," he said.

"We've got to go out next season and try to improve on what we do but the biggest challenge is for the individuals to kick on.

"We're still dependent on Steve Harmison for wickets and Michael DiVenuto for a lot of runs, and the young guys have got to do their bit as well."

Full list of winners

Junior Sports Achievement: Jemma Lowe (Borough of Stockton Swimming Club)

Performance of the Year: Stephen Miller (Paralympic club thrower)

Support to Sport (Ralph Hindle memorial): Roger Tames

Coach of the Year: Durham CCC head coach Geoff Cook

Team of the Year: Durham CCC

Sports Personality of the Year: Tony Jeffries (Olympic bronze medallist boxer)

Disabled Sports Person of the Year: Shared by Stephen Miller, Lee Fawcett, Terry Bywater, Stephen Payton, John Robertson, Hazel Simpson and Fran Williamson.

Sports Governing Body of the Year (Roger Hopson memorial): British Orienteering

Jackie Milburn Memorial: Steve Cram

BBC North East and Cumbria Sports Unsung Hero Award sponsored by Robinsons: Guy Fawkes (Billingham Swimming Club coach)

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