Birminghams best leggy

Although originally playing club cricket as a wicketkeeper, Josh Poysden was inspired to take-up leg-spin by watching Mushtaq Ahmed at Sussex. He soon impressed with his calm temperament and impressive control but saw his progress halted at his native Sussex - where he had represented the academy and second team.

After a stint with the Unicorns and then a successful trial at Warwickshire in 2014, Poysden soon made himself a valuable member of the limited-overs squad and was offered a one-year deal for 2015. He played the majority of the club's T20 Blast games in 2015 putting in some top drawer performances that won him a new two-year deal.

As well as claiming a catch to dismiss Mitchell Starc off the bowling of Moeen Ali whilst fielding as a substitute during the third Investec Ashes Test at Edgbaston in 2015, he also took the wicket of Michael Clarke on his comeback from injury ahead of the World Cup whilst playing Grade cricket in Sydney with Gordon CC. He returned to Sydney in 2015-16 to represent Northern District CC, the same club as Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon.

Josh will be looking for more big name scalps in this years NatWest T20 Blast competition and could prove to be a key player in this years campaign.

Supported by the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust through the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme