Cork toasts vintage Hampshire
Hampshire Royals captain Dominic Cork hailed the combination of youth and experience that brought his side the inaugural Friends Provident t20 title in a chaotic, but compelling final at the Rose Bowl.
Cork’s team triumphed over Somerset in remarkable fashion, scrambling a leg bye off the final delivery of the match to level the scores at 173 and seal victory by virtue of one less wicket lost.
Dan Christian had summoned a runner moments earlier to add to the tension, but still completed a run to the non-striker's end from the last ball.
The umpires informed losing skipper Marcus Trescothick as he left the field that his side had missed the chance to run the Australia all-rounder out at the striker's end.
Cork admitted the scenario was unlike any he had come across, but quickly drew attention back to the efforts of a side featuring a handful of rookies and veterans.
“I’ve never seen a last over like that. It had everything - changes of ball, runners, wickets, the lot,” Cork said.
“It was a chaotic last two overs but I’m proud of all the guys here for taking us over that winning line.
“Maybe Christian could have been run out but the umpires declared it a match won and that’s that.”
He continued: “The young guys who’ve come in have transformed this side. We’ve been slaughtered throughout this campaign in some circles: why weren’t we playing this person? Why weren’t we playing that person?
“But with all the work that’s been done bringing the young lads through the academy and then the Dad’s Army we’ve got, we’re able to put a team out that can play against the best and beat them.”
Somerset skipper Trescothick was dignified in defeat, despite the harsh circumstances in which his side were beaten.
“We knew the rules before the game started and deciding it on wickets lost is the way to go,” he said.
“There is no easy way to do it, but you have got to have rules in place to decide it.”
On the run out that never was, Trescothick added: “We had the game, but clearly just did not think at the end there.
“Christian had to be in his ground, so one of them is out of their crease. The umpires were waiting to see what we were going to do, but it ended up being a case where we were tied and they won due to less wickets.”
Cork, 39 last week, was beaming following his side’s post-match celebrations and clutched a bottle of beer as he answered questions, but he was quick to offer his sympathy to Kieron Pollard.
The West Indies all-rounder made 22 in just seven balls in a destructive late cameo before a Cork bouncer found its way through the grille of his helmet and left him with a nasty facial injury that required a hospital check-up.
Cork said: “I wish him all the best because it’s not a nice thing to happen. I went into their dressing room at the end and asked after him.
“It’s a bit of a sickener. Nobody wants that to happen and I hope he gets back soon.”