Cook pays tribute to Philadelphia set-up

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DURHAM County’s Geoff Cook paid a warm tribute to the ‘brilliant people behind the scenes’ when he was the principal guest at Philadelphia’s pre-season dinner held in the club house.

He said: “It’s because of a club like Phili that Scott Borthwick has moved on to play for Durham and England.

“To have an England player who was here as a junior is a tremendous testament to the hard work which goes on behind the scenes.

“The fact that you are now a community club is great for the area. You have obviously built up momentum but this could only have been possible because of the hard work of dedicated members.”

Cook spoke of Durham’s championship-winning season and England’s miserable tour to Australia before handing over trophies to last season’s players.

First team batsman Lee Innes was the highest scorer in the Durham Cricket League with 1,243 runs.

He was also presented with trophies from the League for being the highest scorer and Player of the Year.

The first team bowling award went to vice captain Stephen Robinson while promising youngsters Thomas Wray (batsman) and James Davison (bowler) also picked up awards.

Peter Greenwell was the junior who contributed most to senior cricket. He broke into the first team and performed well with bat and ball and so too did another youngster Dan Foggin.