Two-year deal for Derbyshire bowler Cotton

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Ben Cotton has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire CCC, committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season. 

The 20-year-old has progressed to the first team from the academy making six appearances to date and taking six wickets.

A tall right-arm fast-medium bowler, Cotton was named Academy Player of the Year in 2013 and has been a regular in the Second XI for the last three seasons.

Elite performance director Graeme Welch said: ”I have been impressed with Ben ever since I arrived at the club and this is reward for his great promise, work ethic and for always wanting to learn.

“The progress Ben has made in such a short period has been rapid. He is a big lad who gets some good bounce and can hit the bat hard, so he has a lot going for him.”

He added: “He’ll become more tactically aware through experience and hopefully become a top player.”

Ben Cotton said: “If you’d told me at the start of the year that I’d make first team debuts in both one-day competitions – and earn a professional contract – I’d have been delighted with that, so it’s been a great year.

“Being with the first-team has helped me learn and get more confident. Hopefully I can earn a regular place in the starting team and enjoy some success.

“Being part of the team that made it through to the Quarter-Final of the Royal London One-Day Cup – and playing in the big match itself – was a standout achievement. It’s made me hungry to play in more.”