Cobb overcomes pain barrier as Northants win T20 title

Birmingham (United Kingdom)—Josh Cobb rounded off his season in style after a sparkling innings of 80 helped Northamptonshire beat Durham in English cricket’s Twenty20 final at Edgbaston on Saturday.
He then revealed that he had undergone a painkilling injection and delayed knee surgery in order to be fit for Saturday, with Northamptonshire beating Durham by four wickets under the Edgbaston floodlights.
There are several weeks of the English season left, but for the 26-year-old Cobb, his campaign is done.
“This is the last time you’ll see me on the field this season,” he said.
“I have been struggling with my knee. But I always believed that we’d be playing in a final and that’s the reason I’ve taken the painkillers and decided to battle through.”
Cobb was duly named man-of-the-match in the final for the second time in his career having taken four for 22 in Leicestershire’s Twenty20 triumph in 2011.
“My one with Leicester was for bowling a few long-hops,” he joked. “To get it with the bat today, the position we were in, makes it very special.”
Cobb moved across the Midlands to join Northamptonshire three years later and his innings on Saturday saw the Wantage Road club recover from the dire position of nine for three to seal a four-wicket win.
Saturday’s success came just a day after Cobb signed a new Northamptonshire contract and he jokingly said: “I should have given it a few more days and I might have got a few more quid (pounds).”
On a more serious note, Cobb added: “I wasn’t massively enjoying my cricket at Leicester, but I came here and they had an exceptional white-ball side which was part of the reason – to try and play in big games.
“I’ve really enjoyed my cricket, a great bunch of lads, the team spirit’s exceptional and I’ve been here two years and I’ve played in three of four possible quarter-finals and two T20 finals.”—AFP

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