Cork recalls t20 final drama
Dominic Cork has seen everything in a career now in its fourth decade but even he admits to being blown away by Hampshire Royals' t20 triumph last year.
In a thrilling conclusion to a dramatic finals day at the Rose Bowl, Hampshire scrambled a leg bye off the final delivery to level the scores with Somerset and win by virtue of having lost one less wicket.
But that did not tell half the story, as Cork explains to ahead of Hampshire's opening match in this year's competition, against Somerset at the Rose Bowl this evening.
"An injured man, a runner, the injured man runs, the runner runs, no one knows the rules, the ball goes dead. Hampshire are declared winners," he recalled.
"It was a fantastic day, one that will remain in my mind for a long time – and to see young guys who were playing because of injuries win it was just terrific.
"We weren’t tipped to win it, so we just thought we’d enjoy it, give our all and show our talents off."
This year's Friends Life t20 is likely to be just as competitive with teams vying for a place at finals day which will be held at the new-look Edgbaston.
But before Cork can start to dream of retaining the trophy, the old stager will have to pit his wits against batsmen intent on hitting him out of the park.
“It’s very intense," said the Royals captain. "But it’s great because people are constantly experimenting. Scores are getting bigger; batsmen are playing very extravagant shots.
"I also think you’re now seeing an even balance between bat and ball – bowlers are coming back into it. There are some good teams out there – and no one is guaranteed a place on finals day.”
This extract was taken from the official programme for the first npower Test between England and Sri Lanka. Click here to buy a copy.