Cotton makes Derbyshire exit

05 February 2018 20:52:38 GMTPlus11

Derbyshire have released a third young English fast bowler in quick succession with the news that Ben Cotton is looking for a fresh start elsewhere.

Cotton, 24, was in the final year of his contract at Derby but has left the club with immediate effect.

His last County Championship appearance for Derbyshire came in early August last year - the innings defeat to Nottinghamshire when he went wicketless.

That was also the Championship farewell of the club's academy product Tom Taylor while Tom Milnes, the former England Under-19 player, joined Taylor in the team for the tourist match versus West Indies a week later.

The departures of three developing talents aged 25 or under will raise eyebrows on the county scene.

Not least because Derbyshire signed South African Hardus Viljoen on a Kolpak deal 12 months ago and then followed up by recruiting 33-year-old Ravi Rampaul on a three-year deal this winter.

Kim Barnett, Derbyshire's cricket advisor, said: "Ben has shown that at his best he can take wickets and he has done this on a number of occasions, especially in limited-overs matches for Derbyshire.

"But with opportunities likely to be limited this year, we felt that it would be best for both parties that Ben should be able to pursue his career elsewhere. We wish him good luck for the future."

Meanwhile, England are 3.75 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 6.00 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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