Former England cricketer, commentator and cricket speaker Dominic Cork is probably best known as one of the longest serving team members of Derbyshire County Cricket Club where he spent more than a decade with the club before going on to represent England, Lancashire CCC and Hampshire CCC. A prominent figure on the Sky Sports commentary team, Cork’s passionate and engaging style has been integral to his success as a cricket speaker.
Born in Staffordshire, Cork began playing cricket at a young age and showed great signs of promise representing England youth teams and the England A before eventually making his One Day International debut following impressive performances for Derbyshire. The beginning of Cork’s career proved to be infrequent as he only played 5 matches in a 3 year period however in May 1995 he announced himself on the ODI stage against the West Indies taking 6 wickets in the series and earning a Test call up later that summer. Dominic’s Test Match debut would certainly be one to remember, striking the first ball he faced for a boundary followed by what is still one of the most remarkable debut performances of all time. With the West Indies nicely poised at 124 for 3, Cork produced a blistering spell of fast bowling and took figures of 7 for 43 to dismiss the West Indies, this the best bowling figures for England on Test Debut. An unforgettable and career shaping performance, during his work as a cricket speaker Cork recollects this magnificent performance that cemented his status as the best all-rounder in the country and led to him being called the ‘new Botham.’
Having got his name onto the Lord’s Honours Board, just two matches later Cork took a spectacular hat-trick dismissing Richie Richardson, Junior Murray and Carl Hooper in successive balls to become only the 22nd bowler to achieve the feat. Finishing his first series in Test cricket with 26 wickets at a magnificent average of 25 to go along with scoring extremely useful runs which included his maiden Test half century, Cork was named one of five Wisden Cricketer’s of the Year with Wisden describing his arrival in Test cricket as "without question, the most explosive entrance in living memory".
Cork went on to consistently perform and shine for England and was regularly amongst the leading wicket takers while still making significant contributions with the bat. Personal problems off the field came in 1996 when the breakdown of his marriage took its toll and Cork himself described how he was not in the right frame of mind to play international cricket at the time and how his performances were affected by this. An extremely difficult period in both his life and career, Cork shares his thoughts and feelings during this period of hardship during his work as a cricket speaker as well as addressing the comments of former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott who described Cork as a ‘show pony’ with an attitude problem and suggesting Dominic was more ‘style than substance.
An incredibly respectable and fruitful International career, Cork represented England at World Cups, ICC Champions Trophy tournaments and Ashes Series’. An incredibly fierce competitor who always gave his all, Cork played almost 70 matches for England taking almost 200 wickets to go along with over 9000 runs. Cork speaks with great pride about his time in International career during his work as a cricket speaker and describes the key ingredients to succeeding at the pinnacle of sport.
A Derbyshire CCC legend, ‘Corky’ as he was affectionately referred to by the Derbyshire faithful played 158 First Class games for the county and made almost 6,000 runs at a an impressive average of 28.08 scoring five centuries and thirty-five half centuries. Taking a staggering 125 catches, Cork also took 505 wickets at a remarkable bowling average of 25.76 including 22 five wicket hauls and 5 ten wicket hauls. With career best innings figures of 9/53, Cork was also highly effective in the shorter format of the game where he played 184 matches scoring nearly 3,000 runs to go with 234 wickets at an average of 26.05. During his work as a cricket speaker Dominic Cork speaks fondly of his time at Derbyshire and shares how he learnt his trade at the club and was guided and mentored by his former captain, Kim Barnett. Cork was an integral figure in Derbyshire’s glory days during this period and has since returned to the club as a bowling consultant and specialist Twenty20 coach.
An impressive and successful player, Corky moved on from Derbyshire CCC to join Lancashire CCC in 2004 before finally going to play for Hampshire in 2009. Despite only spending two years at the Rose Bowl, Cork’s phenomenal leadership skills along with his undeniable talent led to him captaining the county to victory in both the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy and the 2010 Friends Provident t20, crowing Hampshire as the kings of List A cricket. A wonderful captain, during his work as a cricket speaker Cork shares his advice on captaincy and leadership as well as recollecting the final years of his domestic career which led to great success and further silverware.
Following his retirement as a player in 2011, Cork has gone on to become a dedicated and hugely popular cricket speaker as well as regularly commentating for Sky Sports on live cricket tours and Test Matches. A contestant on Dancing on Ice, Cork is an incredibly well respected figure in the cricketing world as well as being recognised for his exploits on television.
A consummate professional with an unrelenting desire to win, Cork’s competitive nature is clear to see along with the incredibly high standards he sets himself and all of those around him. An incredibly experienced and knowledge cricketer, Cork’s wisdom and tactical capabilities are second to none along with his ability to engross and captivate audiences in all manner of events and functions. Dominic Cork is certain to be a fantastic addition to any event and is available to hire as a cricket speaker for any event, presentation evening or dinner.