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Cork 'disappointed' by Lancs exit

Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork does not figure in Lancashire's plans next season

Dominic Cork says he is not bitter about not being offered a new deal by Lancashire for the 2009 season.

The veteran former England all-rounder, 37, has been with the county since 2003 following his move from Derbyshire.

"There's no bitterness. They made the decision and they stand by it," said Cork. "I'm just disappointed because I feel I have a lot to offer."

The club have also chosen not to renew the contract of leg-spinner Simon Marshall, 26, for next season.

But Cork's will clearly be the more high-profile departure, Lancashire having made the decision after taking the long-term view that they should give younger players the opportunity to grow into the team.

"There's no resentment to anybody," Staffordshire-born Cork, who moved to Old Trafford after 14 seasons at Derbyshire, where he was captain for six years, told BBC Radio Lancashire. "I don't go round resenting people.

"Like I've done throughout my career, whether it's been with England or at county level, I've proved people wrong and I will certainly prove the cricket management wrong next season, and hopefully keep proving them wrong."

Lancashire cricket manager Mike Watkinson believes the decision will benefit both Cork and the rest of the squad.

"It's a decision our cricket committee have made to enable a little bit of movement to open up opportunities for some of our younger players in the wings," said Watkinson.

"With a player such as Dominic in the last year of a contract, he was obviously looking for a little bit of clarity to what's going to happen to enable him to plan for the future."

"He's put his heart and soul into Lancashire cricket and it's with a heavy heart that he moves on."

Dominic is still very committed to Lancashire's Championship campaign this season. And he would enjoy nothing better than to have success

Mike Watkinson
Cork has hit 1,803 runs in his six summers at Old Trafford in 61 County Championship matches at an average of 25.75, taking 169 wickets.

He has also weighed in with 749 runs in one-day cricket at 22.89 and 58 wickets in 57 matches at a decent economy rate of just over four an over, as well as taking 29 wickets in Twenty20 cricket.

But his best days were behind him when he arrived at Old Trafford. And, after being released from his contract by Derbyshire in 2002 by mutual consent, even though it had two years still to run, he never played Test cricket again.

The last of his 37 Tests in a successful England career came at The Oval in September 2002.

But he will always be most associated with Old Trafford for his most famous moment when he took a took a hat-trick against the West Indies in 1995, in the same series in which had already returned his Test best figures of 7-43 at Lord's.

His career-best figures of 9-43 for Derbyshire against Northamptonshire also came earlier that same memorable summer.

Watkinson now hopes that Cork can play a key part over Lancashire's final six games as they bid to earn a first outright County Championship success since 1934.

"He's still very committed to Lancashire's Championship campaign this season," said Watkinson. "And he would enjoy nothing better than to have success in that competition.

"Dominic is a top performer and is one of my signings as well. I brought him to Lancashire.

"He's a true professional. There's no better trier. Everybody in the side knows that."

see also
Lancashire over poor start - Cork
09 Jun 08 |  Lancashire
Cork to captain England in Sixes
04 Oct 06 |  England
Cork renews Lancashire contract
13 Apr 06 |  Lancashire
Cork release confirmed
25 Sep 03 |  Derbyshire

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