Cats sign UK batting talent
The Geelong Cricket Club is pleased to announce the signing of Englishman Josh Cobb for season 2017-2018.
Twenty seven year old Cobb has signed with the Cats from Northamptonshire, where he has being playing English Country cricket since 2015. Before his recruitment by Northants he plied his trade with Leicestershire, commencing his first class career as a 17 year old in 2007.
The former England under 19 player has amassed over 4000 runs in country cricket and will bolster the Cats squad further after the recruitment of former South Australian keeper and current Melbourne Renegade Tim Ludeman.
Cats coach Andre Borovec is excited by the recruitment of Cobb,” The last two seasons in the First XI have been focused on developing our players, who are mostly under the age of 23. A benefit of this strategy has been the ability for our players to be introduced to the requirements of First XI cricket at a young age. We are at a stage now where the level of competition for all positions, including batting, needs to increase. “
Cobb will add valuable experience at the top of the batting order and provide support to captain Eamonn Vines and young players Angus Boyd and Tom Treble.
“Our off-season recruiting focused on finding batsmen in the 25 to 30 year old age bracket, who would add value in terms of first class experience to the batting group. We believe that we have done that, with the introduction of Tim and now Josh.” Borovec said.
“Josh is a dynamic player, with an impressive record in English County Cricket. The experiences that he has gained around various international T20 leagues, points to a very well-rounded cricketer. We believe that he will be an excellent fit for our club, given our stage of development. Indeed, we envisage his impact extending to off the field, as much as on it.”
Cobb is likely to be available for the Cats from Round 3 onwards, at the end of October 2017, after he finishes the UK County Championship season.