Cork: Hampshire will thrive on underdog tag

Dominic Cork

Dominic Cork

Reece Topley celebrates the wicket of Tim Bresnan for Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Dominic Cork believes Hampshire will thrive on being the underdogs as they bid to create cricketing history.

The Hampshire skipper will lead his side into the Friends Life t20 finals day at Edgbaston tomorrow as they aim to become the first side in the competition’s history to successfully defend the title.

The Royals face last year’s runners-up Somerset in the second semi-final at 1.30pm for the right to face either Leicestershire or Lancashire in the final at 6.30pm.

And Cork knows that his men face a huge task to retain their crown.

He said: ‘It’s a massive day for us as a club.

‘We knew last year what a great triumph it was for us but it’s a different ground this time and it will be a massive occasion.

‘We’ve got to play one of the toughest sides, Somerset, but we want to get through to the final and we want to win it again.

‘It would be great to defend a trophy that we really enjoyed winning last year.

‘The pressure will be on us because people see us as champions but I go with the fact that I think Somerset are a stronger side and we will have to play really well to beat them.

‘You would probably make Somerset slight favourites but we enjoy being the underdogs.’

The 40-year-old captain has enjoyed an illustrious career but insists it is more about the team picking up silverware, rather than adding to his own lengthy list of honours.

Cork said: ‘It would be a great personal accolade but it’s not about myself, it’s about the club and the players reaping their rewards.’

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