Borrington Latest To Leave Derbyshire But Cork Signs Pro Deal

The list of players to leave Derbyshire this season has now grown to five with the news that Paul Borrington will not be offered a new contract at the end of the season. His departure adds to those of Peter Burgoyne, Richard Johnson, Tim Groenewald and Stephen Moore.

In brighter news, 19 year-old all-rounder Greg Cork has graduated from a summer contract to a full-time deal for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Former Academy player Cork, son of Derbyshire legend Dominic, made his first-team debut on 29th June against Durham in a NatWest T20 Blast game as the club looked to bounce back from a poor start to the competition by including younger members in their side. In all, he played six matches before Derbyshire were eliminated, taking five wickets.

Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “We’re delighted the Academy is bringing through talented players who are worthy of professional deals, of which Greg is the latest and more will certainly follow. We’ve thrown him in at the deep end in Twenty20 cricket this summer and his performances have been improving with each game. He’s left-arm over which is a commodity in itself, we like his variation and the way he can mix it up and there’s also plenty of potential there with the bat.

“Having graduated to the professional ranks on a summer contract this season, Greg has never looked out of place. If he continues to work hard at his game, listens and continues learning his trade, there’s potential there for a really bright future.

“Our coaching structure here - and no doubt some words of wisdom from his dad Dominic - will ensure that all the advice and support is available for Greg to succeed as a professional player.”

Meanwhile, Borrington’s departure, whilst perhaps being the least surprising of those players leaving the club in 2014, continues a trend which some commentators have described as worrying, especially as it follows on from the controversial departures of Ross Whiteley and Dan Redfern the season before. Indeed such was the clamour for answers that, last month, club chairman Chris Grant was forced to deny to Deep Extra Cover that discontent was present in the dressing room.

“In some quarters it has been interpreted as a mass walkout but it’s not that. These guys all have very individual reasons for leaving the club. This isn’t a group of players who’ve said ‘we don’t like Derbyshire anymore’. There are very individual reasons why these players have left; it just happened that we put them together in two press releases on the same day.”

Indeed, Moore retired to take up a career in business, Groenewald left for Somerset reportedly in order to play first division cricket, while Burgoyne and Johnson both left after finding the pressures of professional cricket too great. Burgoyne hopes to return at some point. Perhaps the timing of their departures close together can plausibly be dismissed as coincidence.

Borrington’s release, although sad, comes as no great surprise. Despite being a prolific run-scorer for club side Ticknall over the years in the Derbyshire Premier League, the 26 year-old opener has failed to establish a place in the Derbyshire first-team since making his debut way back in 2005.

He is clearly seen by many at the club as immensely talented - he was given a three-year contract extension at the end of 2011 - but repeated chances at the top of the order in the County Championship - never an easy place to bat - have seen him average in the mid-twenties most seasons. He hopes to find another club and may yet fulfil his undoubted potential in a different environment, but if he does fail to do so he does at least have an education from Loughborough University to fall back on and can reflect on the fact that he was prominent member of the side that won Division Two of the LV= County Championship in 2012.

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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