About Ian Cockbain
Ian started his cricketing career in his hometown Liverpool following in his Father’s footsteps at Bootle CC. His ability was soon recognised as he was selected for Lancashire U11’s where he played through the age groups before being taken on to the Academy. Ian made the move South where he spent 3 years playing for MCC Young Cricketers before being signed by Gloucestershire in 2011.
Ian made his First Class debut for the county v Derbyshire in 2011. His maiden First Class century came in the same season, 127 v Middlesex at Uxbridge CC but without doubt his outstanding performance in this form came with a mammoth innings of 151* from 421 balls spending 8hrs 45mins at the crease to earn a draw for the county.
Ian’s leadership qualities have shone through and he was awarded the First Class captaincy in 2015 following Geraint Jones’ retirement, this was unfortunately cut short after breaking his wrist in an accident in the nets.
The last few seasons have seen Ian dominate in the One Day arena in both 50 over and T20 cricket. He finished as leading English run scorer in the 2016 T20 season and has been one of the most consistent English batsmen in this form. Gloucestershire have recognised this and Ian has received the John Higson Memorial Award for One Day performance for the last 2 seasons with 108* v Middlesex at Lords and a blistering 123 from 61 balls also v Middlesex.