Interview: Cook's recipe for cricketing success

I honestly enjoy the successes of others as much as my own and that’s what underpins this club.

Towards the end of 2018 the club were delighted to learn that long-time member and former 1XI captain Garry Cook had been awarded the Kent League Cricketer of the Year by the league. This title is one of the most prestigious the league awards at their annual dinner. 

We think everyone that knows Cookie and the influence he has had on so many at the club will know there isn’t a more deserving recipient of this award. You will have seen Garry’s name mentioned throughout some of the other interviews we have done over the last couple of years, which is a testament to his character and how highly valued he is by all members.
After a busy Christmas period, we had chance to catch up with him to discuss his time at the club and his pride upon receiving the award. 
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We would also like parents to show/read this interview to their junior players as there are many important messages to take from it both as people and cricketers.
When did you first become involved with the club?
Shaun ‘Nosey’ Parker, a great man, got me involved back in 1996 when he got me playing alongside him in my dad’s Sunday team. Neil Wilson was captain of the second XI at that time and later that year I got the opportunity to play in the first team with Ian Rossiter (Rossi) as skipper. 
We had some fantastic days back then playing with and against some top players, many who are still involved with the club today. 
What team highlights stick out for you over the years?
As time goes by you always reflect on the successful seasons. I’ve been really lucky to win a couple of league titles, in 2005 and 2015, as well as some more promotions.
The 2005 season, as captain, particularly stands out. To lead guys I’d grown up idolising and held in such high regard was a real honour and I’m proud to say we’ve remained great pals to this day. The likes of Jeff Snowden, Jim Lowrie, Ron Turner, Nigel Knapp, Rossi, Ross Allen (Bear), Gavin Pointer (Gloveman), Micky Wood, Matt Wagstaff, Chris Round made for a great atmosphere around the club; it was also a pretty care-free time where cricket was number one with some late, late finishes in the old bar!
2015 was another highlight when we won Division 1. Everyone seemed to have a clear understanding of their roles and stood up and made themselves counted. People like Ed Stanford, Des Bailey, Jamie Williams, Howard Powell, Mark Lewis-Ranwell, Bear, Sam Jewiss, Miguel Dee and Dave Walker (Walks). Walks was a real rock for me personally in that period and we developed a special friendship, as I did with many in that team.
I’ve also been through some pretty low moments in a cricketing sense with relegations and battles at the wrong end of the table, but that’s life - in many ways you cherish the special times more because of the lessons you learn.
What’s your best personal moment at the club?
There’s been too many to really highlight one. The period I spent opening the batting with Gloveman was special as we were (and still are) great friends. I knew he would whack it and all I needed to do was nick one to third man! I loved watching G-man batting although I’m not sure he loved me telling him to block a few – I’m convinced he got caught at long-on just to wind me up!

I’m proud to have scored a few runs over the years and had some success but I’m prouder of the friendships I’ve made. I honestly enjoy the successes of others as much as my own and that’s what underpins this club. I truly enjoy, for example, finding out how the 3s and 4s have done, going to watch the Sunday development team or seeing youngsters developing.
How do you reflect on 'that' day at Linden Park?
In some ways that day now feels like a bad dream that never really happened. It was a horrific incident and will live with all of us that went through it. I also look back with tremendous pride as people stepped up to get involved, none more so than Bear who undoubtedly saved that man’s life. He’s a great pal of mine who I would dearly love to see back in a Dartford shirt. 
Dartford and Linden Park will also be forever linked from that day. It showed that cricket is only a game and that winning or losing is not the end of the world. We were able to work together to do something really special.
How does it make you feel when you hear your name mentioned as one of the most influential people for many people at the club?
Strange really and not something I have really thought about. All I would say is that whatever I have said to people is to help them and make them better; it’s never been to inflate my own ego or to unnecessarily criticise.
I think we’ve got some great talent at the club with some youngsters who can make a real breakthrough. John Smyth (1XI captain), in particular, learnt a lot this year and, if he reflects and pushes on, I think 2019 could be a big season for him.
What does the award at the league dinner mean to you?
It was a proud moment made more special by the fact my dad was there. My dad was, is and will always remain my hero. I’ve always wanted to do him proud on the field so that was a great moment to share with him. 
Rossi deserves a mention here and I was never shy of letting the league know that he has more than earnt the right to be awarded with this honour; he taught me so much and I share the award with him and all those I’ve played with. Cricket is a team game and I am lucky to be singled out for what we, as a club, have achieved over the past 20 years. 
I want to thank the league for giving me the award as well as the umpires and opponents that have had to put up with me! Last but not least, I’d also like to thank my mum, sister, Jane (my wife) and my kids - they have always been my rocks and travelled over the county to watch me.
What message would you give to the younger players at the club looking to make the step-up into senior cricket?
The most important thing I learnt very early is that you can’t always win - but you can always compete.
Be brave. You have to believe in yourself. I see so many with real talent but that on its own doesn’t win you games, neither does it get you runs or take you wickets. You have to want to be in those big moments and see them through. Callum Jackson last year was great at doing that. Yes, he had talent, but he also had a plan and backed himself to carry that out.
Try and have a bit of class with how you go about things. I’ve lost count of the times I wished I’d shown a bit more class on the field but we should all strive to do so every time you step on the field.
In the same sense, remember it’s a club and all the people that make it possible for you to play. Scorers, umpires, ground staff, committee members, bar staff and people that come up to support. Take time to thank them and talk to them.
As much as I have made friends on the field I’ve also developed great friendships off it with the likes of Pat Lippiatt, Mick Cully, Harry Bright, Rosie Wilson, Dave and Lynne Hill springing to mind. 
Take time to take in the history of the club and those that have made massive contributions to the club such as Jim Lowrie, who carried out the new pavilion project. I can never reference everyone here who have (and continue to) make huge sacrifices for the club.
Above all enjoy: enjoy making memories with your mates. Cricket is a great game and Dartford is a great club.
We would like to again thank Garry for all his hard work over his many years of service and look forward to many more as the club head into our fifth season at the new pavilion.

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This week's round-up of all results within the club is available now. Read more..

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The lucky winners for our first draws of 2019 are as follows. Read more..

We are delighted to announce we once again an All Stars Cricket centre for 2019. Read more..

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I honestly enjoy the successes of others as much as my own and that’s what underpins this club. Read more..

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An open meeting of the junior cricket section will be held at the pavilion on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 8pm. Read more..

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All the details about Santa's very special visit to the club on Thursday 13th December. Read more..

On Sunday 23rd December the Club will be open for members to come and enjoy a drink for a catch-up over the Christmas period. Read more..

Information about an initiative called Cards for Good Causes which the club are happy to promote this Christmas. Read more..

Details about the Club AGM which will take place on Sunday 9th December at 12 noon at Hesketh Park Pavillion. Read more..

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The biggest (and best) club event of the year is back! Read more..

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Details about a slight change of plan to the junior training schedule. Read more..

Find out who the lucky winners are for the June, July and August 2018 200 club lottery draw. Read more..

A chance to celebrate the season's successes with the presentation of trophies and two inter-club matches - get ready parents. Read more..

Details about our match-day sponsor for the 1XI home fixture against HSBC this Saturday. Read more..

Details about the return of our successful community fun-day this Summer. Read more..

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Details of an important change to senior training and a new signing. Read more..

Details about our prestigious bi-annual fixture against the MCC which takes place on Sunday 10th June at Hesketh Park. Read more..

Come and enjoy some hot food and footy at the Club this summer. Read more..

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Details about our 80's disco night - get your fancy dress ready and support your club. Read more..

Details about Surge's Big Quiz which returns by popular demand for 2018. Read more..

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New 1XI captain John Smyth is relishing the oppurtunity to lead his group of players in the 2018 season. Read more..

The Club are delighted to announce we are an All Stars Cricket centre for 2018. Read more..

  Our Natwest Cricket Force Day 2018 will take place on Saturday 7th April at Hesketh Park from 9am. Read more..

Details about our upcoming signing-on day on Sunday 8th April 2018. Read more..

Find out where you can order the latest Club kit so you can wear the Dartford badge with pride this summer. Read more..

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Please find below details of our winter training programme starting in January 2018 at North Kent College, Oakfield Lane. Read more..

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Details about the final few club events of the season including Captain's table, Dinner Dance and a Christmas get-together. Read more..

Please see details about this year's Dinner Dance, back by popular demand! Read more..

Important notice concerning all those that own the 'old' style Mercedes-Benz Dartford playing shirts. Read more..

Deatils of this year's junior presentation day - please make every effort to attend and celebrate the season. Read more..

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Details of our upcoming family fun-day for all the local community to enjoy - it's not all about the cricket either!. Read more..

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For Saturday's 2XI game versus Folkesone we were delighted to welcome Ayeesha Khan from St James's Place as sponsors for the fixture. Read more..

Enjoy a short video we made recapping the events of our lashings All Stars event on Friday 30th June 2017. Read more..

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Match sponsorship for todays second XI fixture against Hartley CC.. Read more..

An exciting oppurtunity to be a part of our new scheme. Read more..

A big thank you to all those that turned out to help support the club. Read more..

Details of our latest annual quiz night which is back by popular demand. Read more..

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The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for February 2017 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

Details of the pre-season drinks event on Saturday 18th March. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for January 2017 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

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Starting Friday 4th November 2016 at Hesketh Park - 7. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for June & July 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

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The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for February & March 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

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MP Gareth Johnson's Charity Cricket Match, in aid of the Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled and Dartford Cricket Club, will take place on 30th June at Hesketh Park. Read more..

The first club cap presentation took place at signing on day with 22 current players from across the four adult teams receiving recognition for their contribution on the cricket field. Read more..

Well done to Alex Farmer who this week was presented with The Dartfordian award and Medal by The Leader of Dartford Council Jeremy Kite. Read more..

Kent Cricket Board and The County Club are running a One Game event at Canterbury on 23rd March. Read more..

A reminder that adult nets continue. Read more..

Details of our junior winter indoor coaching sessions for school years 1-10, starting in January. Read more..

Kent Cricket Board's under 9 Mini Super 8s County Finals day saw 24 Cricket Clubs converge on Hesketh Park. Read more..

Congratulations to all our award winners - those who were there on the night were presented with their trophies by DCC chairman Jim Lowrie. Read more..

The parents team cruised to their second successive victory in the annual Parents versus Juniors fun match. Read more..

I'd like to thank all of those of you who made time to come along to be involved in and support Sunday's charity cricket festival and helped make the day a great success. Read more..

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Works to improve the quality of the outfield at Hesketh Park are underway. Read more..

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