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Dominic Cork relishing leading Hampshire

Dominic Cork and Nic Pothas
Cork (left) has taken over the captaincy from Nic Pothas (right)

All-rounder Dominic Cork says he is relishing the challenge of leading Hampshire in the Friends Provident t20.

The 38-year-old took over from stand-in skipper Nic Pothas for Tuesday's seven-wicket defeat by Glamorgan in Cardiff.

He will remain in charge until club captain Dimitri Mascarenhas recovers from an Achilles injury.

Cork told BBC Radio Solent: "It's a great honour to captain such a great club as Hampshire. I had no hesitation in accepting the challenge."

The former England international added: "I've had captaincy experience before at both Derbyshire and Lancashire, and also in the Twenty20 format, so I'm comfortable in the role.

"I was asked to take it on while Dimi is out. Nic Pothas just wanted a rest because it's been hard for him to deputise for Dimi.

"I think Nic just wants to get back to playing well for Hampshire and I'm sure he'll do that. He's a pivotal player in our side in all forms of the game."

Mascarenhas aggravated the Achilles injury that forced him to miss the beginning of the season in his comeback match - the five-wicket FP t20 win over Kent - and now faces another four weeks on the sidelines.

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