The Scottish national squad have travelled down under as part of their preparations for the World Cup, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand early in the New Year.
After missing the first match of the tour to a near full-strength New Zealand XI, Josh played in the next two games against Canterbury and Wellington.
In bright sunshine at Hagley Oval, Christchurch last Friday, he struck 18 runs with the bat against Canterbury, including a four and a six, to help push Scotland’s total up to a competitive 270-7 off 50 overs. Northamptonshire’s Kyle Coetzer top scored with 83 off 92 balls, including 10 fours and a six.
In reply, the hosts put on 43 for the first wicket, before losing three wickets for 24 runs, Josh picking up opener Joel Abraham, caught by Coetzer for 25.
Despite losing two further wickets for 1 run to slip to 124-5, Canterbury were firmly in the driving seat thanks to an impressive 68 from Neil Broom, who struck three fours and three sixes.
With the score on 205, in the 37th over, Josh made the crucial breakthrough, having Broom caught by Calum MacLeod.
However the Canterbury keeper Cam Fletcher (73 off just 63 balls with 11 fours) and leg-spinner Todd Astle (45 off just 39 balls with six fours) then shared a stand worth 69 in 10.5 overs to take their side to victory with a full three overs to spare.
Josh finished with figures of 9-0-43-2: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/777793.html
Yesterday (Monday), Josh took a further two wickets, but this time as part of a comprehensive Scotland win over Wellington Firebirds at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
This was the same venue where Scotland defeated the UAE to secure qualification for the World Cup back in February.
Scotland again won the toss and chose to bat and again posted a competitive total, making 277-8 off their 50 overs, Coetzer making 66 and skipper Preston Mommsen scoring 65. Josh chipped in with a useful 23 off 16 balls at the close.
Josh was asked to open the bowling this time and responded by having Michael Pollard caught behind for 11 as Wellington stumbled to 68-4. The hosts lost a further four wickets for 25 to collapse to 147-8, despite the experienced Luke Woodcock making a solid 57, batting at number 5. Josh combined with wicket-keeper Wallace to run out Ili Tugaga for 4.
Fast bowler Andy McKay resisted for 35 minutes at the close, but he was eventually dismissed by Josh who drew the edge to have him caught behind for 17. That left Wellington all out for 186, securing victory for Scotland by 91 runs with 3.4 overs remaining.
Davey finished with figures of 7.2-0-38-2 http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/777795.html
Reflecting on the game Mommsen told the Cricket Scotland website: “The bowlers did a brilliant job taking wickets early on which made it very difficult for them to stay in the chase. The fielding was also impressive – probably the best of the tour so far- and I’m very happy with the way it went.”
Scotland play the final game of their New Zealand tour on Wednesday (overnight Tuesday/Wednesday UK time) against Otago, also at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln.
Their next destination is the ICC Academy in Dubai, for a nine-day intensive batting camp, starting on 11 November where Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard will be on hand to provide specialist coaching support.
In January, the squad will travel to the West Indies to play in their one-day competition before departing for the World Cup.
Between tours, Josh will be back at Taunton, spending his time training at the County Ground with the rest of the Somerset squad.
- Like Scotland, the Ireland cricket squad – including Somerset’s George Dockrell – are also in New Zealand for a series of one-day games as part of their preparation for the World Cup. Ireland played last night against Canterbury in Lincoln and then have one final game on Thursday (overnight 22/23 October UK time) against Otago, also at Lincoln. We’ll have an update on George’s progress in those final games later this week on The InCider.