County news June 21, 2013

Geoff Cook 'critical but stable' after heart attack

ESPNcricinfo staff

Geoff Cook, the Durham head coach, is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Thursday.

Durham released an update of his condition on Friday morning and said the club had been inundated with messages of support for Geoff, his wide Judith and their family. Many of those came from players who took to Twitter on Thursday evening with their well wishes.

Graham Onions, the Durham and England bowler, tweeted: "Sad day for Durham CCC! my thoughts are with Geoff and his family,lets hope for a speedy recovery."

Durham's next fixture is on Saturday against Hampshire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at Chester-le-Street. Jon Lewis, the 2nd XI coach, will take charge of the first team in an interim capacity and be helped by Dale Benkenstein during the Friends Life t20.

Cook has been involved with Durham since their inception as a first-class county in 1991, being appointed head coach in 2007. That season he led the county to their first silverware, the Friends Provident Trophy, and a maiden Championship title followed a year later.

Last season, Cook decided to replace captain Phil Mustard with Paul Collingwood half-way through the campaign. It proved an inspired decision as Durham hauled themselves off the bottom of the County Championship Division One table with a string of victories that saw them survive very comfortably.

Cook enjoyed a long career as a player with Northamptonshire, for whom he scored 23,277 first-class runs between 1971 and 1990, and played seven Tests for England in 1982 and the New Year's Test of 1983.

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  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Wishing Geoff Cook a speedy recovery. I have a very fond memory of Geoff when as a 13 year old watching him at the County Ground, Northampton in the mid 80s he ran towards the boundary edge and asked me to climb over the advertising board and meet him half way with a fielding helmet. He then thanked me and said that 'Hopefully, one day lad you will be on this pitch for real'. Unfortunately it never happened to me but I've always though of him since as a true sportsman.

  • Sanjay on June 21, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Those of you confused by the headlines only have yourselves to blame. There's always a byline, a sub-heading, which expands on the main headline, this clearly states that it's Geoff Cook, Durham Head Coach.

    I guess today's readers are increasingly impatient and don't have the time to read TWO lines before clicking away.

  • Steve on June 20, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Get well soon, Geoff. Stellar pilot of Durham cricket.

  • Jay on June 20, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Wish you the best of health Geoff. Get well soon.

  • Mark on June 20, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Good luck for a speedy recovery Geoff. I was born in Middlesbrough too and having played against your brother in the 80s I always followed your career with interest so hope you are soon back to full health soon.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Got confused with the heading...anyhow i hope Mr GEOFF Cook get well soon

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Misleading headline. Wish speedy recovery to Geoff Cook.

  • Sarah on June 20, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    These headlines are so misleading. God..First, I thought they were talking about Alastair cook. :O Anyway I wish Mr. Geoff Cook a speedy recovery !!!

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Get well Mr.Cook....praying for you.......