Captain Cork calls for calm
Dominic Cork hopes the return of the Friends Life t20 competition will trigger a reverse of fortunes for Hampshire.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 01/06/11 10:27am
Hampshire captain Dominic Cork hopes the timely return of the Friends Life t20 competition will trigger a reverse of fortunes for the club.
The Royals have suffered a disastrous start to the new season, winning just one of their opening 11 fixtures in all competitions.
But the shortest form of the game has brought them success in recent times, not least last term where they beat Somerset to win the competition at their Rose Bowl home.
The defending champions, who will be without banned overseas signing Shahid Afridi, kick off the campaign at home to Somerset in a repeat of the 2010 final on Wednesday night.
And club captain Cork was quick to play down any on-field problems at the club.
Cork told Sky Sports News: "I'm a bit like Sepp Blatter at the moment in Hampshire: crisis, what crisis?
"We've not won a game yet so obviously it's a great time to be playing this competition and we've got a big ask this year to start with a big game against Somerset.
"We've got a side that can do it but ultimately it's down to who plays best on the occasion."
He continued: "We've got to start putting in performances. We've had a few meetings to see what's been happening and how we can put it right.
"We've got to fire from where we were last year. It's a great competition to be involved in."