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Ben James Phillips Biography
Ben James Phillips (born September 30, 1974) is an English cricketer who played for the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club until his release in 2013.  He is a right-handed hitter and fast-medium paced bowler of right arm.
Phillips began his career in Kent, appearing regularly in his second XI in the late 1990s. He made his first-class cricket debut for the club against Sussex early in the 1996 season, taking four wickets at the match.  He failed to impress during the next game against Leicestershire, without taking any wickets,  and only made one more first-class appearance of the season.  Despite scoring his first-class century in 1997 against Lancashire and taking 5 wickets in two innings in one inning, he dropped out of first-class play at the end of the 1998 season after 27 appearances with Kent. Between 1999 and 2001 he regularly participated in the Kent Second XI and played three one-day matches for the first team.
He joined Northamptonshire in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2004 that he became a regular member of the first team, winning his county cap in 2005. In 53 first-class matches for Northamptonshire he averaged around 23 with the bat and around 31 with the ball. . His highest first class score for Northamptonshire was 90 against Warwickshire in 2004 and his best bowling was 6-29 against Cambridge University in 2006.
At the end of the 2006 season, he asked to be released from his contract in Northamptonshire, as his family had not settled in the area.  He joined Somerset the following season.  Since he joined Somerset, the injury has hampered his chances of making a serious impression on the Taunton crowd.  In late 2009, he was seen primarily as a squad player, and cricket director Brian Rose said that “[Somerset] needs people of Ben’s caliber to come in on the side when he is weakened for whatever reason.” 
He joined Nottinghamshire in 2011 and, although injury interrupted his first season, he was a mainstay of their LV = County Championship attack in 2012 taking 30 wickets at 27.10.