HARARE – Ben Compton, cousin of former England batter Nick Compton who once showed interest in playing for Zimbabwe, has scored the first first-class double century of his career after recording a magnificent innings for the Manicaland Mountaineers franchise in the southern African country’s league.

England-qualified Compton, who was born in South Africa, is playing Logan Cup cricket in Zimbabwe during the English off-season, and has been one of the star performers in the competition. His double ton came on the third day of the four-day match.

The 28-year-old left-handed opener was earlier this year strongly linked with selection for England, where he arrived in his late teens to advance his cricket career.

Ben Compton (right) partnered well with Joylord Gumbie, who hit a century for Mountaineers.

If he doesn’t break through into the English side, Compton could seriously consider an international career with Zimbabwe, a country he is linked to by family roots.

His cousin Nick played domestic cricket in Zimbabwe over a decade ago for Mashonaland Eagles and put up his hand for selection by the African team. The older Compton however went on to play 16 Tests for England between 2012 and 2016.

The two cousins are the grandsons of former England Test cricketer and ex-Arsenal footballer Denis Compton.


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