Ripley talks up Cobb

20 February 2019 09:09:27 EST

David Ripley says that Josh Cobb has proved himself to be one of the most consistent limited-overs players in English domestic cricket during his time at Northamptonshire.

The Northants head coach was speaking after Cobb, 27, signed a 12-month contract extension at Wantage Road that commits him to the Steelbacks for the next two county seasons.

"It's great news that Josh has signed a new deal. His white ball cricket has been outstanding since joining us, one of the most consistent in the country," Ripley said.

"He backs his explosive batting up with economic off-spin, excellent tactical knowledge and a very safe pair of hands in the field. I know there is more consistency to come in red-ball cricket, where he can turn a game around very quickly."

Cobb moved across the midlands from Leicestershire in 2015, two years after Northamptonshire won their inaugural Twenty20 title.

He then helped them claim their second in 2016 when he struck 80 from 48 balls in defeat of Durham in the final at Edgbaston.

It meant he became the first player to win two man-of-the-match awards in the final of the Blast, having done so with the Foxes in 2011.

Northants are 40/1 to win the Division Two title next season.

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