Left-hand bat Ben Compton signed a one-year contract with the Club in October 2019. The 25 year-old is a cousin of former England, Middlesex and Somerset batsman Nick Compton and grandson of former England and Middlesex legend Denis. His father Patrick Compton played three First-Class games for Natal in 1979/80.
Ben Compton, born 29 March 1994 in Durban, attended Clifton College in that city and represented KwaZulu-Natal Under-15s. He played for Wimbledon in the Surrey League for three seasons between 2013 and 2015, playing 33 matches and scoring 1193 runs @54.22. He subsequently joined Richmond in the Middlesex League where in the last four seasons he has scored 2471 runs @47.51. In 2015 he appeared in the Second XI Championship for Hampshire and MCC Young Cricketers. Two years later he made a single appearance for Durham Seconds. Compton made eight in a single appearance for Notts Seconds in 2018, an innings victory over Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in a friendly fixture. In 2019 he appeared in nine Second XI Championship, six Second XI T20 and five Second XI Trophy matches for Kent and Notts; with his record in each competition being 694 runs @63.09, 112 runs @37.33 and 165 runs @55.00 respectively. Including friendly fixtures he appeared in six matches for Notts Second XI last season scoring 352 runs @58.66 including 134* in a 3-day friendly versus Northamptonshire at Milton Keynes.
His good form resulted him in being selected for the first team for the final two Specsavers Championship games where he scored 14 and 13 versus Warwickshire at Trent Bridge and 16no at The Oval.
Compton said “I’m delighted to sign for Notts – it’s a great opportunity at a great club. My ambition has always been to be a successful professional cricketer, and this deal is a great chance for me to try and do that.”
Mick Newell stated that “Ben acquitted himself well during the latter stages of last season and we saw enough to think he can be successful as a professional cricketer. His style is well-suited to the longer form of cricket and we hope his approach will dovetail with the stroke makers we have in the side. He’s earned his opportunity in the professional game the hard way, by performing on the second team circuit for a number of years. He knows his own game very well and what his strengths are as a batsman. He’s shown that he has the patience to bat for long periods of time, which is something we’re certainly valuing heading into the next season.”
Like so many other players hoping, indeed expecting, to make their way in the game in 2020, Ben Compton had to sit out most of the season during the Corona Virus lockdown.
In 2021 he played a few first team games without quite making the impact that he woukld have hoped and his contract, which had been extended after the 2020 pandemic, was not renewed. He subsequently signed a two-year deal with Kent, a county where he played some Second XI cricket in 2019.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 658