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August 15, 2010
Dominic Cork admitted he was considering his future in the game after captaining a young Hampshire side to the Friends Provident t20 title on Saturday evening.
Cork turned 39 earlier this month but played a pivotal role on finals day - knocking international stars such as Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann off the headlines. Hampshire snuck over the line in an extraordinary finish at the Rose Bowl with the injured Daniel Christian scrambling a leg bye off the last ball of the game to level the scores and win by virtue of fewer wickets lost. Hampshire ended five wickets down while Somerset lost six wickets in their innings thanks to Cork taking two for three runs in the 20th over.
It scripted what could be a fitting finale to a career stacked with triumphs but Cork is unsure whether he is ready to part ways with the game after being offered a new contract by Hampshire.
"I've been offered a deal for next year. I have been offered a contract," he said. "Ali Brown, Robert Croft, Mark Ramprakash … they're all over 40 and I'm 39. But as long as I'm physically okay and feel I can make a difference I want to play. I don't want to be picked because of what I've done in the past, I want to be picked because I can make that difference and if I believe I can do that I'll carry on.
"If I don't think that then it's time to let some of the youngsters take the ball and have a good time because it's been a great career. I'm going to think about it and I'm sure I'll make the right decision for myself and for Hampshire as well."
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