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Josh Cobb

Squad Number - 5

Player Sponsor - Clements Retail

Born - Leicester, August 17, 1990

Joined - Leicestershire 2007

Role - Right hand batsman, Off-spin bowler

Family Links - Dad Russell played for County (1980-89)

Teams Represented - Leicestershire

Honours - England under-19s tour to South Africa, FL t20 title with Leicestershire

Highlight of Career - 148* at Lord's and becoming Leicestershire's youngest-ever centurion

Players Admired - Shane Warne, Darren Stevens, Paul Nixon

Relaxations - Reading, socialising with friends, listening to music

Josh Cobb started the 2013 YB40 campaign by scoring a century in each of the first three matches in leading the team to victories. All told, he amassed 578 runs at an impressive average of 52.54 with a strike rate of almost 114.

The highlight of his season came against Somerset in the YB40, where he shared a record-breaking 235 with opening partner Greg Smith on a fantastic afternoon of cricket. Cobb made 130 off just 87 balls on that occasion.

Cobb also made important contributions in FL t20, including a mature unbeaten half-century in the win against Nottinghamshire. The youngster also picked up further valuable captaincy experience in 2013.

Unfortunately the first-class campaign did not go as Cobb would have liked, for he had cemented a place LV=CC side at number five in 2012. In that season, Cobb formed a number of impressive partnerships with Ramnaresh Sarwan. One of those alliances saw both batsmen making centuries at Derbyshire.

Cobb took over the Leicestershire captaincy in CB40 during 2012 and also led the team in the LV=CC at Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire. Leicestershire were unbeaten under his leadership, which was a terrific achievement.

In 2011, Cobb made a big impact in one-day cricket. That was underlined by his man-of-the-match performance against Somerset in the Friends Life t20 final.

It was his hard-hitting batting that generally caught the eye but Cobb is also a skilful off-spin bowler and his haul of 4-22, along with Claude Henderson’s fine spell, went a long way to securing victory at Edgbaston.

Cobb was Leicestershire’s leading List A scorer with 485 runs and his FL t20 total of 374 was bettered only by opening colleague Andrew McDonald. Cobb had a terrific strike-rate of 156.48 throughout the FL t20 competition. His 91* against Northants was a List A best while the t20 half-century against Durham was the fastest on record by a Fox; it came from just 21 deliveries. Cobb's fine fielding in the deep is also important to the team; he is very much a three-dimensional cricketer.

Cobb made his first-class debut shortly after the age of 17. He became the County’s youngest centurion in 2008, making a majestic unbeaten 148 against Middlesex at Lord’s. The teenager shared a 270-run stand with HD Ackerman at the home of cricket, which showed instant progression from promising knocks against both Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.

Cobb continued that good form by topping the club’s Championship averages, adding a further two half-centuries along the way in a most promising season after finishing his studies.

A former student of Oakham School, Cobb made his second-XI debut in 2006, and also represented the club’s academy against Victoria Emerging Players in 2007, scoring an unbeaten 102.

After a successful 2008 campaign with County, Cobb gained his first international recognition by being selected to tour South Africa with England under 19s, where he came second in the one-day averages at an excellent 42.

Cobb's career record at Leicestershire:

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