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Cotton agrees to new Derbyshire contract

Derbyshire seamer Ben Cotton has signed a new two-year deal with the club after impressing this term.

Having progressed from the academy, the 20-year-old has signed to stay at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

After making his first team bow this season, Cotton has gone on to make six appearances in limited-overs cricket, four of them coming in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

He has taken six wickets so far and director of cricket Graeme Welch has been impressed with the youngster, who has been named as the player of the year for the academy for the past three seasons.

Ben Cotton celebrates with his team-mates after taking a wicket against Notts Outlaws in the Royal London One-Day Cup

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.

“Having spent last season captaining the academy team, this summer he found himself opening the bowling against India and his opening spell against the likes of Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli was very impressive.

“He also showed excellent temperament in big games during our Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.

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

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