Hampshire have confirmed that Dominic Cork’s contract will not be renewed. The news comes after the Hampshire captain was dropped for the last two LV County Championship matches following an improvement in form under the leadership of Jimmy Adams.
And Cork is unlikely to return for the final match of the season against leaders Warwickshire, starting on Monday September 12, which Hampshire have to win to have a chance of staying in the first division.
Cork, 40, has had a memorable three seasons with his third county. Man of the match as they won the last 50-over final at Lord’s in his first season, he captained Hampshire to their first t20 triumph last year.
But Hampshire have failed to win any of their ten Championship matches under Cork this season, while Adams has led the county to three successive away wins during his five matches as captain.
Hampshire slipped closer to the second division after losing to Cork’s former Lancashire teammates at Liverpool on September 10, but they are now set to put more faith in homegrown talent.
Chairman Rod Bransgrove said: “There’s a lot to do to stay in the first division of the Championship but I don’t regard being relegated as a train smash. We’re going through a process of reconstruction as a club, we have a lot of very good young players and if they need a season in the second division we’ll take that on the chin and aim for immediate promotion.”
As well as his one-day success, Cork took 94 Championship wickets at 27.77 for Hampshire. He has been linked with a move to Essex.