Full Name

Joshua James Cobb

Born

August 17, 1990, Leicester

Age

32y 45d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Batting Allrounder

RELATIONS

RA Cobb

(father)

Josh Cobb has built his reputation primarily as a dangerous T20 batsman and occasional offspinner. Never was that more apparent than in the 2016 NatWest Blast final when his audacious 80 took Northants to a final-over victory against Durham. A member of Leicestershire's winning team in 2011, Cobb top-edged Chris Rushworth to the keeper as he tried to win the match with a six. He also held a stunning one-handed catch at cover to dismiss Keaton Jennings, whose 88 had become the highest score in Finals Day history.

Cobb was a quick developer, making his first-class debut for Leicestershire aged just 17 and became the county's youngest century-maker when he made an unbeaten 148 against Middlesex at Lord's in 2008. He was not a regular member of the four-day side when he put in his matchwinning Twenty20 Finals Day performance but corrected that in 2012, scoring 752 first-class runs at 34.18 and recording his second century against Derbyshire at Derby in April.

His father, Russell, played at Leicestershire during the 1980s and Josh attended Oakham School, whose other cricketing graduates include current England players Stuart Broad and James Taylor and the former England women's captain, Lucy Pearson.

Cobb is an aggressive top-order batsman and occasional offspinner who hit the headlines with a memorable man-of-the-match performance in the FLt20 Final in 2011. He bashed a 10-ball 18 with the bat and took four wickets to give Leicestershire an unlikely victory over Somerset.

He cemented his place at No 5 in Leicestershire's four-day side in 2012. He took over the Leicestershire captaincy in CB40 during 2012 and also twice led the team in the Championship. He was named the county's one-day and T20 captain in 2013 as well as becoming vice-captain to Sarwan in four-day cricket.

He started the 2013 YB40 campaign in exceptional fashion, scoring a century in each of the first three matches in leading the team to victories. In all, he amassed 578 runs at an impressive average of 52.54 with a strike rate of almost 114. Against Somerset, he shared a record-breaking 235 with opening partner Greg Smith on a fantastic afternoon of cricket.

Cobb was part of an exodus from the Leicestershire squad that finished bottom of the Championship second division in 2014 without winning a match for the second successive season. Cobb, Leicestershire's one-day captain, joined Northants after scoring 3,133 first-class runs for his hometown club and also skippering them in the Championship in the absence of Ramnaresh Sarwan.


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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC135232235483148*26.231079250.8043273367570
List A999473330146*38.27364191.4572136278290
T2019017717391510324.462924133.89124348175910
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC13510128341685202/112/1184.253.56141.7000
List A996117581712353/343/3448.915.8450.2000
T2019013117782298765/255/2530.237.7523.3110
Recent Matches - Player
MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Northants vs Somerset1 & 10/3020-Sep-2022TauntonFC
Northants vs Surrey1 & 11--12-Sep-2022NorthamptonFC
Northants vs Hampshire2 & 221/905-Sep-2022SouthamptonFC
Fire vs Rockets17--29-Aug-2022NottinghamT20
Fire vs N S-Chargers--0/1226-Aug-2022CardiffT20
Photos
Gary Kirsten and Josh Cobb oversaw a winless season
Josh Cobb's 32-ball 57 paved the way for victory
Josh Cobb was an early wicket as Welsh Fire batted first
Josh Cobb goes down the ground
Josh Cobb - who made a maiden T20 ton last summer - was among the county players left disappointed after the draft for The Hundred
Josh Cobb in action for Northants