Full name Benjamin David Cotton
Born September 13, 1993, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Current age 25 years 39 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Derbyshire 2nd XI, Staffordshire, Staffordshire Under-13s, Staffordshire Under-14s, Staffordshire Under-15s, Staffordshire Under-17s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Education Clayton Hall Business and Language College, Newcastle under Lyme; Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
|First-class debut||Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Sep 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Northamptonshire v Sussex at Northampton, Sep 24-25, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Northampton, Aug 11, 2014 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, Jun 7, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lancashire v Derbyshire at Manchester, Jul 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Derbyshire v Hampshire at Hove, Aug 22, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/10, 24*, 5/48||Northants||v Sussex||Northampton||24 Sep 2018||FC|
|1/6, 7||Northants||v Gloucs||Bristol||18 Sep 2018||FC|
|0/55, 53*||Nthants 2nd||v Warwcks 2nd||Holcot||22 Aug 2018||Other|
|1/30, 19, 3/31||Nthants 2nd||v Notts 2nd XI||Nottingham||6 Aug 2018||Other|
|40, 1/69, 0, 0/17||Nthants 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Desborough||31 Jul 2018||Other|
|0, 1/18||Nthants 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Desborough||30 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|0/41, 0*, 0/42, 0||Nthants 2nd||v Yorks 2nd XI||Desborough||24 Jul 2018||Other|
|5, 82*||Nthants 2nd||v Worcs 2nd XI||Kidderminster||26 Jun 2018||Other|
|1*, 2/24, 0, 0/13||Northants||v Leics||Northampton||9 Jun 2018||FC|
|8, 0/24||Northants||v Yorkshire||Leeds||7 Jun 2018||LA|
Ben Cotton, a burly seam bowler, signed a new one-year deal with Northamptonshire for 2019 after impressing during three Championship matches in 2018 which included a career-best 5-48 in an end-of-season win against Sussex.
Once seen as central to Derbyshire's future, Cotton was released ahead of the 2018 season as Kim Barnett, a former captain who had returned as cricket advisor, trimmed the playing staff in an effort to raise expectations of the county's younger players.
Cotton signed his first professional deal with Derbyshire in 2014, featuring in 20 first-class fixtures for the club and taking 37 wickets. He also appeared in 29 one-day matches and 18 T20 games.
He had never quite lived up to the promise of a debut season in which he collected some impressive scalps: Jos Buttler on his first-team debut in a T20 Blast fixture against Lancashire at Old Trafford, he claimed the wicket of Jos Buttler; Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in a tourist match against India at Derby. To complete a promising first season, he also featured in Derbyshire's first quarter-final in nine years in the Royal London One-Day Cup.