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Uncorked! Diary of a Cricket Year - Dominic Cork with David Norrie

London: Richard Cohen Books, 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.

From the cover: “NOT SINCE IAN BOTHAM has an England cricketer made such an impact on the international scene as Dominic Cork in the past year. His startling debut at Lord’s, his rare wicket-taking capabilities, his whole-hearted approach to the game, his theatrical and passionate appealing and his undoubted determination to help England back to the top again have endeared him already to the sporting nation.

After four successive England ‘A’ tours, Cork had begun to despair of ever making the England Test side. The Derbyshire fast bowler felt that the 1995 summer was make-or-break for him, so he decided to keep a diary of his feelings and performances during that season. As events transpired, this has now become a remarkable record of his meteoric rise to cricket stardom, putting him alongside Brian Lara and Shane Warne as one of the most exciting young cricketers around today.

Cork reveals his worries and doubts before his sensational entry against the West Indies at Lord’s where his match-winning 7/43 were the best-ever bowling figures on an England debut. Two Tests later, at Old Trafford, Cork removed Richie Richardson, Junior Murray and Carl Hooper in successive deliveries. Cork explains the background to the first hat-trick by an England bowler for 38 years and why he had no argument with Peter Lever’s assessment — ‘You bowled like a pillock’ — when he returned to the dressing-room.

Cork decided not only to continue this diary during England’s winter tour of South Africa and the World Cup campaign in India and Pakistan, but to make it available for publication to try to give a better understanding of the life, the highs and lows, the rewards and drawbacks of a modern cricket star, home and away and in the middle of a frantic event like the cricket World Cup. ”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.