A much-travelled player, Ben Phillips came to Nottingham after spells with Kent, his home county having been born in 1974 in Beckenham, Northants and Somerset.

Phillips had to endure the frustration of an injury-ridden start to his first season at Trent Bridge. Joining Nottinghamshire in 2011 at 36 years old, Ben looked set to have an early opportunity with his new county before turning an ankle just before the side were due to leave for Abu Dhabi to face the MCC in the champion county match. Missing out, he had to wait for his opportunity in four-day cricket, although excelled when the chance came.

Against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge, Ben shared in a brutal stand of 114 in just 16.2 overs with Andre Adams, that not only rescued Notts from a seemingly hopeless position but also contained some clean and big hitting. His share was an unbeaten 71 in what proved to be his only championship outing of the summer.

In one-day cricket he featured more regularly, often chipping in with useful wickets with his lively right-arm fast-medium bowling. Although injury had disrupted his first season, he was a mainstay of Notts' County Championship attack in 2012, taking 30 wickets at 27.10

Ben also played in four of the Twenty20 group matches, a year after playing in the Final with his former county.

Figures of 2-23 helped Nottinghamshire’s second string to some silverware in 2011, in the victory over Lancashire in the final of the Second Eleven Trophy.  He was released at the end of the 2013 season.

 

April 2020