Ripley hopeful of Cook recovery

David Ripley made his Northants debut under the leadership of Geoff Cook
David Ripley made his Northants debut under the leadership of Geoff Cook

David Ripley has issued a message of support for former Northamptonshire captain Geoff Cook.

The Durham head coach was admitted to hospital last Thursday after suffering a heart attack and is currently in a critical but stable condition.

Cook was in charge at Wantage Road when Ripley made his debut as a teenager in the mid-1980s and his Northants counterpart said that he was shocked when he heard the news.

He said: “It’s really sad news. He was a bit of a fighter on a cricket field and I hope that he can battle through this.

“He was captain here when I came into the side and I’ve got a lot to thank him for.

“He had a brilliant cricket brain and a lot of nous and he was always good to me.

“Let’s hope that he can make a good recovery.”