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Cork delighted by Stanlake signing

Monday 8th March 2021
Written by Stephen Martin
Photography by: David Griffin

Dominic Cork believes new overseas signing Billy Stanlake is the perfect signing to lead Derbyshire’s exciting bowling attack in this year’s Vitality Blast.

The Australia international has joined Derbyshire for the entire 2021 season, subject to final approvals, and will become a key member of a promising bowling attack, which saw a number of players get their first taste of action with the club last year.

Along with fellow countryman Ben McDermott, who will be available for the Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup, Stanlake will bring international experience and a proven white ball record into the Falcons side, who are aiming to replicate their 2019 success and reach Finals Day.

Twenty20 Head Coach, Cork, is pleased with the acquisition of Stanlake, who was a long-term target for the club, and is looking forward to seeing what he brings to the attack.

“I’ve watched Billy Stanlake for a long time now,” said Cork.

“For Derbyshire Members, who perhaps don’t know a lot about him, he’s very tall, very quick and an Australia international, who has played in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad, so he has all of the experience in T20. Billy is good at the start with the new ball and he’s good at the end, bowling yorkers.

“This signing will add to the experience (of the bowling attack), those young players we had last year, bowling against the likes of Dawid Malan and Joe Root, it was difficult but they stood up well.

“Now, we have a leader, that’s what Billy Stanlake will be: a leader of that attack, with bowlers like Michael Cohen, Sam Conners, Dustin Melton, Ben Aitchison and even Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who is still learning his game.

“Billy will be key, as will Ben McDermott, because we now have two solid overseas players.”

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