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Dominic Cork to return for 2021 Vitality Blast


Dominic Cork will return as Twenty20 Head Coach for Derbyshire Falcons’ Vitality Blast campaign this summer.

The Derbyshire great, who won the tournament in 2010 as a player, has held the role since 2019 and led the side to their first-ever Finals Day appearance in the same year.

The former England fast bowler will be aided by Assistant Coaches Ajmal Shahzad (Bowling Lead) and Mal Loye (Batting Lead), as the Falcons aim to once again challenge for silverware in Vitality Blast cricket.

Cork will take charge of a Falcons squad which features the experience of captain Billy Godleman, record batsman Wayne Madsen and leading wicket-taker, Alex Hughes, as well as an exciting bowling attack and added firepower from Australia wicketkeeper-batsman, Ben McDermott.

Cork said: “We have laid some really strong foundations over the last few years, and we’re really looking forward to building on that this season.

“Last year was disappointing, there’s no escaping that, but with the return of cricket to Derbyshire, the addition of overseas talent to a balanced squad, we’re confident of competing again this year. We got a taste of Finals Day in 2019 and we all want to perform on that stage again.”

Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton, added: “Dominic is a proven winner in Twenty20 cricket, both as a player, and with the work he has already done as T20 Head Coach.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience in the squad, and the guidance that Dom and the coaching team can give them in white-ball cricket is invaluable.”

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