County Stats (19/20 season)
Josh Poysden, a Sussex-born leg-spinner who arrived at Emerald Headingley via Warwickshire, signed a three-year contract with the county towards the end of the 2018 season.
He initially signed on loan and played three Championship matches, taking seven wickets.
Poysden, 28-years-old, then took three cheap wickets in two matches at the post season Abu Dhabi T20 competition and was arguably Yorkshire’s most impressive player on display.
He has been described by the county’s coaching staff as a bowler with immense potential but not the finished article.
Unfortunately 2019 proved to be a frustrating first full season with the White Rose, but not through any fault of his own.
Having made a steady start with six Royal London one-day Cup wickets, he was confident of a successful Vitality Blast campaign later in the season, only to suffer a horrible head injury in the nets having just played in the opening game of the competition at Derbyshire.
Throwing balls to Dom Bess in the Indoor nets in late July, he was struck by a return hit and suffered a fractured skull which led to hospitalisation and ultimately ended his season.
Thankfully, following an impressive spell of club cricket in New Zealand at the start of the year, he is back fit again and ready to make a bigger impression in 2020.
Since making his first-class debut for Cambridge MCC University against an Essex side including Alastair Cook in 2011, Poysden has only played 14 first-class, 32 List A and 27 T20 appearances to date, although he has graduated through to the England Lions set-up in early in 2017.
He readily accepts his limited overs game is more developed than his first-class game.
Poysden, who has a particularly energetic action, takes up Azeem Rafiq’s place in the squad and was signed amidst the uncertainty surrounding Adil Rashid’s future as an all formats player for Yorkshire.
He debuted in a Roses Championship win over Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford in late July 2018.
Poysden started life as a league cricketer behind the stumps, but he was inspired to take up leg-spin having watched Pakistan great Mushtaq Ahmed in his pomp at Sussex.
Poysden played Academy and second-team cricket at Hove, but his chances were limited with Will Beer on the staff, a trend which would continue having moved to Edgbaston with Bears legend Jeetan Patel the first choice spin option.
Having left Sussex, he impressed for the Unicorns team, catching the attention of the Bears, who offered him a trial in 2014 and then a contract for 2015. He had also played second-team cricket for Hampshire.
He sub-fielded for England in the 2015 home Ashes series and has been a regular in Sydney during the winters playing grade cricket, owed much to the fact he has an Australian fiancee.
Whilst Down Under, Poysden has worked closely with former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.
In the build-up to the 2015 one-day World Cup, he dismissed Michael Clarke whilst playing for the Gordon club. Clarke was playing grade cricket in a bid to prove his fitness for the competition following injury.
Gordon was the club Mason Crane represented prior to his Ashes call-up in 2017/18, while another leggie, Lancashire’s Matthew Parkinson, has played for them in recent years.
Poysden and Parkinson are close friends.
Poysden has taken two Championship five-wicket hauls, both for Warwickshire in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The most recent one came as Warwickshire beat Glamorgan by four wickets at Edgbaston in June 2018. He took 5-29 from 13.2 overs in the first innings, but it was his only Championship appearance of the season for the Midlands county.
In early 2017, he played alongside current Yorkshire team-mates Tim Bresnan and Jack Leaning in the ECB’s North v South series in the UAE, which the South won.
Ahead of the 2020 summer, Poysden played 13 matches – a mixture of two-day and T20 cricket – across a three-month spell with New Zealand club side Burnside West Christchurch University, taking 37 wickets with a best of 6-85.
Poysden also has an interest in sports journalism, something he nearly studied.
Prior to his head injury, he net bowled with the Afghanistan squad who were at Headingley during the one-day World Cup, and he spent valuable time picking the brains of star leg-spinner Rashid Khan.