Former England fast bowler Dominic Cork was a force to reckon with in the 1990s. England managed to win many a games at that time thanks to his spells with the ball. But on one occasion, Cork saved the blues with his bat and took England home in what turned out to be a scintillating day of Test cricket against West Indies in 2000.
Chasing a paltry 188 at the Lord’s in the second Test against West Indies, England were reeling at 160/8. It was then that Cork along with Darren Gough strung a crucial 31-run partnership to seal the match. Cork scored a valuable 33 from 49 balls, including four fours and a six. Cork had already done his bit with the ball having picked 7 West Indies wickets in the game to put England in the driver’s seat.
The match, though, didn’t start too well for the hosts. Windies posted 267 on the board, batting first. In reply, England could manage just 134 runs with Alec Stewart top-scoring with 28.
But the trio of Andrew Caddick, Darren Gough and Cork combined to dismiss Windies for just 54 in the third innings. While chasing the target, England were cruising at 95/2, but lost six wickets for 65 runs, another collapse.
But Cork and Gough stood ground and the fast bowler was handed the Man of the Match award for his efforts.