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Cork delighted to silence critics

Dominic Cork leads the celebrations
Cork leads the celebrations after Hampshire's win against Sussex

Dominic Cork was delighted after helping Hampshire to win the Friends Provident Trophy against Sussex.

"I'm quite speechless for the first time in my life. I just enjoy this place but it's not just me," he said.

"What you've seen is a young Hampshire side led by a very good captain and staff that really want to go forward.

"This is why I keep playing, people ask when I'm going to retire but why would I want to when you've got this sort of atmosphere and chances of coming back."

Cork, who is 38 next month, made an unbeaten 92 at Lord's in the 1993 B&H Cup, and when asked the secret of his continued success stated: "You have to believe in yourself.

"I've always been a person who runs in and believes he can make a difference.

"There was a little bit of luck with the first one Ed Joyce but generally you're going to get luck if you try your hardest, that's always what I was taught by my mum and dad.

"To have your wife and kids here watching that's what it's all about as well.

"It's one of the best stadiums in the world, whoever hates playing here should retire from cricket because this sort of atmosphere is the best."

Cork also believes the victory is a testament to the balance of the Hampshire squad.

"It certainly is, you look at the fact Michael Lumb has made the 30 in the Champions Trophy, we've got four young players in the England U-19 team, mixed in with old codgers like myself who run in looking like they've bowled four million overs" added Cork.

"You have to have experience, the likes of Nic Pothas, who was injured and carried on, myself and Dimi Mascarenhas with all his international experience.

"When things go well it's great, you should enjoy them but you keep your feet on the ground.

"It has been a truly great tournament for us finished off with a good performance today."

By contrast, Sussex wicketkeeper/batsman Matt Prior could only reflect his side had been beaten by the better team.

"It's Corky's scene a Lord's final, he does it again and again, it's what you come to expect when you play against him in finals or in any game, he's a fierce competitor and he bowled beautifully, and set the game up for Hampshire," said Prior.


"I have to say I thought they played very good cricket from start to finish.

"The batters, even in tense situations when we felt we could create a bit of pressure, you had Carbs (Michael Carberry) coming out and playing a few beautiful shots so hats off to Hampshire, they played a great game.

"We unfortunately didn't play as well as I know we can but that's cricket.

"We knew last time we played here and won (in the 2006 final) we only had 172 on the board and anything is possible but Hampshire didn't let us back in, they were the better team and are deserved winners."

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