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Ben Cox

Oliver Benjamin Cox (born 2 February 1992) is an English cricketer who plays county cricket for Worcestershire as right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.

Cox has been associated with Worcestershire for some years, having played at Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 level, although not originally as a wicket-keeper.[1]

He captained the Under-17 side against Somerset U-17s in July 2009, scoring exactly 100.[2]

Cox was called up to make his first-class debut, aged 17, in Worcestershire's penultimate County Championship match of 2009, against Somerset at Taunton. he scored 61 in his only innings of a drawn match; keeping wicket, his first first-class dismissal was that of Marcus Trescothick, stumped for 72.[3] He was awarded a four-year contract by Worcestershire later that year.[4]

Cox did not establish himself as Worcestershire's first choice wicket-keeper until 2014 when he was 22 years of age. In that season he scored his first first-class century (against Essex) and was described by former-England wicket-keeper James Foster as "...one of the best young keepers I have ever seen."[5] [6]

In 2018 Vitality Blast Finals day, Cox played a key part in Worcestershire's win. In the Semi-Final, against Lancashire he scored 55* and in the final, against Sussex made 46*, scoring the winning runs. He was made Player of the Match in both games to become to first player to receive two such awards in one day .[7]

In December 2018, he signed with Otago cricket team to play in the 2018–19 Super Smash T20 tournament in New Zealand.[8]

Notes

  1. ^ "Other matches played by Ben Cox". CricketArchive. 21 September 2009. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Somerset Under-17s v Worcestershire Under-17s in 2009". CricketArchive. 21 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Ben Cox". YouTube, extract from Midlands Today. 22 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Ben Cox Signs Four-Year Contract At New Road". Cricketworld.com. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Maiden Cox ton is Worcs reward". Cricinfo. 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Essex Rival Foster Heaps Praise On Display Of County Keeper Cox". Worcestershire CCC. 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ "BBC report of 2018 T20 finals day".
  8. ^ "Englishman Ben Cox on board for Otago for Super Smash tournament". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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