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Josh looking forward to T20 World Cup

Along with the rest of the locally based Somerset players, Josh Davey was back at a chilly Taunton this week after returning from Dubai where he helped Scotland claim their place in the ICC T20 World Cup next year.

We sat down with the 29-year-old in the Stragglers Coffee House yesterday to talk about what he has been doing since the 2019 season ended.

“To start the tour we went out to Durban in South Africa for a week and played a Dolphin All Stars XI at the Kingsmead Stadium,” he said. “I started well and got five wickets. I was very happy about that and we won both the T20 matches we played.

“Then we moved onto Dubai where we played eight games in the Associates T20 qualifiers in a pretty short space of time and I was involved in seven of them. It was a pretty quick turnaround between the games and the whole tournament was only about two weeks along.

“Personally, I feel that I started off well with the ball and got some pretty consistent figures. However, as a team we didn’t start too well and lost our opening game to Singapore, which was a shock to us, but we made up for it by beating Kenya and Papua New Guinea. Then we lost to Namibia, which meant it was in the balance as to whether we qualified or not.

“Next we played Bermuda and beat them convincingly, which helped our net run rate. We then lost to Holland, which meant we had won three out of the six. However, because we had such a good net run rate we went through.

“We then played UAE in a straight knock out game and beat them by 90 runs. Then we played Oman in the play off for fifth and sixth and beat them, so we ended up fifth. We got what we wanted out of the trip, but it was slightly disappointing because we wanted to be at the top end of the group, pushing for a place in the semis and finals.”

Scotland have now qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup that takes place out in Australia next autumn.

Reflecting on his own performances in Dubai, the Scottish international said: “I didn’t play any T20 cricket for Somerset this year, so it was good for me to be able to push my case a little bit more in this format. The conditions meant that you had to bring out different elements of your skills compared to playing back here. I bowled a lot more slower balls and knuckle balls and things like that.”

Looking back at the 2019 season Josh said: “Obviously it was disappointing to end as runners up in the Championship, but we are showing great consistency in red-ball cricket. If we keep doing what we are doing and if we get the rub of the green, then we will win that elusive title very soon.

“Of course, it was brilliant to win a trophy at Lord’s in the Royal London One-Day Cup final. That was a very special day, and one of the highlights of my career.”

What is on the horizon for Josh between now and the start of the 2020 season with Somerset?

“There are a few tours with Scotland,” he said. “One of which is back to the UAE and then in March there is another to the USA. The thing with playing Associate Cricket is that you get to go to some amazing places, so I’m looking forward to that. Apart from that I am spending the rest of the winter back here at Taunton.”

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