New Somerset signing Josh Davey has been recalled to the Scotland squad for their one-day international against England in Aberdeen next Friday. The 23-year-old all-rounder, who was born in Scotland and grew up in East Anglia, has represented Scotland in 11 ODIs already as well as one T20 international. He was not involved in Scotland’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign, but gets his recall in a 13-man squad in place of the injured Richie Berrington.
Josh has a useful ODI batting average of 25.40 and a very decent bowling average of 21.33 and this will be an opportunity for him to press for a place in Scotland’s squad for the World Cup in Australia this winter. Josh was released by Middlesex towards the end of the 2013 season after three years with the county. He spent the whole winter training with the Somerset squad, without payment, determined to have another crack at first class cricket. He told the club website in November: “I was told in August that it was unlikely that I was going to be offered a new contract, so I felt I had to do something about it. I phoned up a number of clubs but thankfully Dave Nosworthy responded and said Somerset had some Second XI games so I came down and played in two.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere and Somerset are a successful club who have been in the running for trophies and I felt that I wanted to be a part of it here. “There is not much opportunity out there for me as a 23 year old and this is the best offer I had. I approached Dave and he said that I could train with Somerset through the winter with no guarantees and without cash commitment from Somerset – to which I agreed and here I am.” That dedication clearly paid off and last month he was awarded a 2014 summer contract by Somerset. Josh took five wickets for Somerset against his old county Middlesex in our warm-up game at Taunton in March and fielded as 12th man on the final day of our LVCC match against Yorkshire, picking up a catch in the process. We wish Josh all the best for next week’s ODI.