Cork junior joins Derbys academy

Derbyshire supporters have looked forward to the time when the county club’s academy would bring through the next Cork, Barnett or Morris.

Now there is a new Cork on the county’s books, with Dominic’s 15-year-old son Greg among the new intake on the Derbyshire academy.

A right-handed batsman and left-arm seamer, Cork junior has been part of Derbyshire development squads from the Under-11s and last season earned a place on the England Skills Set programme after impressing for the Midlands.

He also broke into the first team for his club, Denby, in Division One of the Derbyshire County League.

Dad Dominic is, of course, a hard act to follow. After making his first-class debut at the age of 18 in 1990, the dynamic all-rounder went on to play 37 Tests and 32 one-day internationals for England before leaving for Lancashire in 2003.

Cork was captain of the county for the six seasons before his departure and is still a first-team regular for Hampshire at the age of 39.

Derbyshire were one of first-class cricket’s late developers when it came to establishing their academy, with the initial group of young cricketers taken on in 2003.

Five academy graduates have gone on to play first-class cricket for Derbyshire – Jake Needham, Dan Redfern, Paul Borrington, Tom Poynton and Atif Sheikh – while Danielle Wyatt is now a regular member of England Women’s team.

Also among the newcomers in the nine-strong group for academy director Karl Krikken to work with this year is Harry White, the 15-year-old brother of ex-Derbyshire seamer Wayne White, who is now with Leicestershire.

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