Yorkshire have today confirmed that Josh Poysden has joined the Club on a one-match loan from Warwickshire.
The 26-year-old leg-spinner will enjoy a brief, but important spell with the White Rose, playing in the Specsavers County Championship Roses fixture against Lancashire at Old Trafford (Sunday 22-Wednesday 25 July), before returning to Edgbaston.
Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said: “We’re pleased to have Josh come in on loan for this game. It’s obviously an area we’ve not quite filled this season from the players that we have got at the club at the moment.
“We feel we need a frontline spinner for this game and we’re delighted that Josh has agreed to join us and that Warwickshire have allowed him to come. We look forward to him hopefully having a successful and enjoyable game for us.”
Poysden began his cricket career in Sussex as a wicket-keeper but was inspired by watching Mushtaq Ahmed to take up bowling leg-spin. He made his First-Class debut in 2011 and, after successful spells with the Unicorns and MCC Universities, Poysden earned himself a contract at Warwickshire in 2014, impressing while on trial with a calm temperament and impressive control.
“It was a really nice phone call to get and to hear that Yorkshire wanted to take me on loan,” Poysden told yorkshireccc.com. “I’m really looking forward to playing in such a massive game – a Roses game – so to make my debut in a game like that is very exciting. Hopefully I can contribute towards a big win for the club.
“I’m in the last year of my contract and being second spinner behind Jeetan Patel at Warwickshire, I haven’t really played a huge amount of first-team cricket over the past couple of years, so I was just desperate to come and play some first-team cricket.
“When the opportunity came up at such a big club like Yorkshire and in such a big game, it was really exciting.”
Shoreham-born Poysden, who has played 11 First-Class matches at a bowling average of 31.73, will link up with the team later this week and is keen to contribute to some White Rose success at Emirates Old Trafford.
He added: “It’s a brilliant opportunity and I’m really looking forward to coming up and getting stuck in with the lads. I know a few of the lads like Tim Bresnan and Jack Leaning from the North-South series last year and Tom Kohler-Cadmore as well from the winter in Sydney. I’m just really looking forward to coming up, meeting the rest of the guys and putting in a performance.
“I’m a leg-spinner who gets quite a bit of drift on the ball. Hopefully at Old Trafford there will be quite a bit of spin there as well. I’ll just get stuck in and give everything I can to get that win for the club.”
Ashley Giles, Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC, said; “Josh is really keen to play as much cricket as possible, so a one-match loan move to play in a Roses, Championship match is a great opportunity for him.
“Following the game, he’ll come back into contention for our eight remaining games in the second half of the Vitality Blast.”