Hampshire captain Dominic Cork relishing Notts test

Hampshire captain Dominic Cork
Cork replaced Dimitri Mascarenhas as Hants skipper ahead of 2011 season

Hampshire captain Dominic Cork says he is relishing the prospect of playing County Champions Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Hampshire, who salvaged a draw with Durham in the first game of the season, go to Trent Bridge having won last year's fixture by just two wickets.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing the champions on their home soil," Cork, 39, told BBC Radio Solent.

"There are no easy wins in this competition and we have to fight hard."

The ex-Derbyshire skipper continued: "Durham has given us momentum now to go to Trent Bridge and start better than we did here [at the Rose Bowl]."

Cork admitted Hampshire struggled against Durham, but credited batsman Liam Dawson and Jimmy Adams with rescuing them from a home defeat.

Dawson, who had replaced the injured Michael Carberry, along with Adams, made a combined score of 170, with the latter completing his 12th first-class century.

"It was obviously a loss to lose Michael but Liam has experience of opening the innings," continued Cork.

"He's capable of batting for long periods of time and we're very pleased of his big opening stand with Jimmy.

"Jimmy has worked really well over the seasons here and he is a superb batsman and together with Liam it really was a match saving partnership.

"You have got to still play your shots and be positive and we've seen that with Jimmy, Liam, James Vince and Neil Mckechnie all the way through."