Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
Birth Place: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Date of Birth: 13/09/1993
High Score: 43 (v Leicestershire 2014)
Best bowling figures: 4-20 (v Leicestershire 2015)
Sponsored by: University of Derby
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Ben Cotton signed a contract extension in late 2015, committing his future to the Club until the end of the 2017 season.
The 21-year-old made his first-team debut in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford and took the all-important wicket of England International wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler.
He also appeared for the county in the fixture against the touring India side at The 3aaa County Ground and secured yet more prized scalps in the form of Shikhar Darwan and world star Virat Kohli.
After the unfortunate injury to fellow graduate Tom Taylor, Cotton was drafted in to play four Royal London One-Day Cup games and featured in Derbyshire’s first quarter-final in nine years where he took a wicket and scored 18 not out.
Cotton made his first-class debut in the victory over Surrey at the Kia Oval in September. In the match, he took three wickets, including his career-best 2-46 to help his side to an important victory.
2015 saw Cotton become an integral part of Derbyshire’s attack in the NatWest T20 Blast, only for a side strain injury to hamper his campaign. He took 32 wickets in total throughout the season as he featured heavily in all three formats of the game.