Woodstock Cricket sponsor a number of top professional players and it is our ethos to continue to support the up and coming stars of the future, with emphasis on young county and area representative players. If you feel you may qualify for sponsorship, please visit our Sponsorship Application page.
Tim Ambrose Warwickshire
Tim Ambrose could be forgiven for considering himself the forgotten man of English cricket. In the last of his 11 Tests he had a highest score of 102 and 31 catches which is a decent return. His first class career has yielded almost 200 games to this point with a highest score of 251*, 498 catches and 33 stumping's. We look forward to Tim reaching the 200 FC game mark as well as the 500 catch mark in the 2016 season.
Tim has been a great ambassador for Woodstock since joining us in 2013 and has enjoyed great success with Warwickshire in that time. This success and the hard work that Tim has consistently shown to Warwickshire since joining from Sussex in 2005 is confirmed further by the fact that Warwickshire have awarded him with a benefit year in 2016.
Joe Leach Worcestershire
Joe joined Woodstock in 2012 before gaining a full contract with Worcestershire in 2013. He is 25 years old and is a very useful hard hitting all rounder. Joe has previously played for Shropshire, Staffordshire, Leeds Bradford MCCU where he made his first class debut.
Joe has very strong stats across all three formats as an all-rounder. He has a first class hundred and best bowling figures of 6-79. He also in the 2015 season took a hat-trick from the first three balls of a T20 game and has been announced as the Worcestershire Vice Captain for the 2016 season which is a fantastic achievement for someone so young.
We wish him every success and continue to enjoy watching his progress as one of our Woodstock brand ambassadors.
Jack Taylor Gloucestershire
Jack Taylor is an off spinner and found his Gloucestershire first XI break in Twenty20 in 2011, taking a memorable 4 for 16 in victory over Somerset. He gradually took over as the club's first-choice spinner in first-class cricket too before he was reported for an illegal action at New Road in May 2013 and required to undertake remedial work. He was passed to play again in February 2014 and that summer played a useful hand in helping his side to the 50-over quarter-final.
Taylor is a useful batsman, too, an aggressive stroke maker who made his first two Championship centuries in 2015, against Derbyshire and Northants. But his danger with the bat was never more apparent than in a rain-affected Royal London tie against Derbyshire in Bristol when Gloucestershire chased a D/L recalculation of 68 in four overs, Taylor getting 41 from 14 balls.
His finest moment of his career so far I am sure was his Man of the Match winning performance in the Royal London One Day Cup Final against Surrey in 2015, making 35 with the bat and taking a 3fer with the ball.
Tom Smith Gloucestershire
Tom is a left arm orthodox bowler who can bat a bit too. Starting his career at Sussex he moved on to Middlesex and then on to Gloucestershire a couple of years ago. He enjoyed great success as part of the Gloucestershire 2015 Royal London One Day Cup winning side.
His left arm orthodox has claimed many a victim across all formats of the game and has made many a useful contribution with the bat. He has a highest first class score of 80 and has claimed two T20 5fers which is no mean feat!
A strong career in the game so far with many years to come, Tom is a great and well valued member of the Woodstock team.
Richard Jones Warwickshire
A product of the Worcestershire youth system - he first represented the club as a nine year old - he graduated to the England age-group squads and, but for a stress fracture, would have played in the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh. But although there were notable successes along the way - he bowled beautifully in taking six for 37 against Middlesex at the start of 2010 and followed it with 7 for 115 against Sussex.
Worcestershire allowed him to join Warwickshire in 2013 where he has performed well and will hopefully be fit to take a full part in the 2016 season. His ability to swing both the new and old ball at pace means he is dangerous any time he is thrown the ball and he will be looking to build on this talent with Warwickshire next season.
He has been with Woodstock for 3 years and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship.
Matthew Carter Nottinghamshire
Matthew Carter is a young English cricketer. He took 7-56 and 3-139 for a match return of 10-195 bowling off-spin on his first-class cricket debut for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in June 2015.
From a tall classical action with flight, bite and composure, Carter returned the best figures by a spin bowler on Championship debut since Leicestershire's Jack Walsh claimed 7 for 46 against Northants in 1938.
He has recently been judged by ESPN Cricinfo to be one of the 6 english spinners to watch in red ball cricket and will be looking to become a permanent fixture in the Nott's 1st XI during the 2016 season.
Josh Poysden Warwickshire
A friend of Woodstock since the beginning, Josh has had a remarkable career. First coming to Woodstock's attention as a 15yo playing for Brighton & Hove he has progressed incredibly well, even claiming the wicket of Michael Clarke in an A Grade game in Sydney last winter!
He made a further first-class appearance in the 2011 season, against Surrey. Poysden scored 47 runs in Cambridge MCCU's first-innings, before being dismissed by Matthew Spriegel. He also took three wickets in the match. On 31 July 2015, Poysden took a catch to dismiss Mitchell Starc off the bowling of Moeen Ali while fielding as a substitute in the third Ashes Test match and is now a contracted Warwickshire professional.
Josh was an integral part of the Warwickshire white ball format teams in 2015 and we are excited to see him feature even further in 2016.
Joshua Henry Davey is a Scottish cricketer who plays for Somerset County Cricket Club and is a big part of the Scottish National Team playing both ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is an aggressive right hand batsman and right arm medium pace bowler.
In April 2010 Josh made his county debut for Middlesex against Northants in the CB40, made his First Class debut a month later scoring two fifties in the match.
Playing for Scotland he holds the record for the best bowling performance by a Scotsman taking 5/9 in 7.2 overs against Afghanistan. He also showed great promise in the 2015 World Cup scoring well with the bat and consistently bowling well against opponents of a much greater stature than that of Scotland.
Dewi Penrhyn Jones is a current professional Cricketer season 2014/15 with Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
Dewi represented Wales at all levels from Under 11's to the senior team who play in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship. From there Dewi was selected for Glamorgan's academy in 2013 before being offered a professional contract in September 2014. Dewi also played amateur cricket for Shrewsbury C.C in the Birmingham and District Premier League as well as several games for Malpas Cricket Club in the Meller Braggins cricket league in Cheshire.
A right arm quick bowler and a right handed batsman Dewi offers a lot of promise from the future and is a welcome addition to the Woodstock team.
Jeremy, a product of the Glamorgan academy, made a first-class debut for Cardiff MCCU against Glamorgan, before having his first taste of Championship cricket against Kent in the final home game of 2015.
A batsman and off spinner Jeremy has a big future ahead of him having broken into the Glamorgan 1st XI in the 2015 season after showing a number of strong performances in the 2nd XI.
Another young cricketer with bags of potential, Jeremy joins Woodstock as we continue to support the development of young professionals who have a big future in the game.
Ben Taylor Australian u19 now in ACT Comets
Ben is an extremely talented young cricketer who has represented Australia at U19 level. He is also part of the ACT Comets cricket team of Canberra and is continuing to impress with both bat and ball.
A left handed batsman and left arm orthodox bowler he offers a wide skill set as very much a three dimensional cricketer. Still under 18 he has a big future in the game and is looking to progress through the Australian system.
Ben joins Woodstock as one of our few overseas based players and is a huge asset in our bid to become a more widely recognised brand.
Brydon Carse Durham contract
Brydon is a South African born cricketer who last summer took the decision to come and play cricket in the UK. He had previously been a part of the Eastern Province set up in South Africa and was offered the opportunity to prove himself in English conditions by Durham CCC. He showed some very good performances with the ball for the 2nd XI in the first instance and has since been offered a full professional contract.
A quick bowler he took wickets consistently giving the management at Durham the cause to offer him a full professional deal and he is working hard over the winter to ensure he capitalises on this moving towards the 2016 season.
Liam Watkinson Leeds Bradford MCCU / Combined Universities
Liam is the son of Mike Watkinson former England and Lancashire player. Liam was born in Bolton on 27th July 1991 and was educated at Bolton school. He currently plays for Leeds Bradford MCCU and was part of the minor counties winning team Cumberland in 2011. He has played two first class games to date in 2015 and has great potential as an all rounder right hand bat and right hand medium bowler. We welcome him to the Woodstock team.
Andrew Poynter Ireland
Andrew is a top/middle order hard hitting batsman who bowls useful off spin. He has more than 30 caps for the Ireland senior mens side, since making his debut in 2008. He has played in all three forms of the game at international level. He has a current highest score of 78 in ODI's which came against Afghanistan in the world cricket league 2010 which Ireland went on to win. Andrew has represented Ireland under 19s at the world cup and was captain of Ireland 'A' for the last 2 seasons.
Steve Adshead Herefordshire
A right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper who, in nearly six years as a first-class cricketer, has played for Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire. Adshead's first-class best of 156 not out came against Essex in 2009. He now has a Coaching role at his old club Astwood Bank near Redditch and plays for Herefordshire.
Steve Trenchard Mid West Rhinos, Zimbabwe
Steve plays for Mid West Rhinos in Zimbabwe and made his first class debut in 2010. He made his maiden first class 50 and 100 in the same year. He is a right hand batsman and right arm leg break bowler. Steve was one of the initial Woodstock team members when he played for Wimbledon in the 2010 Surrey championship.
Brad Wadlan Unicorns
Brad joined Woodstock in 2012 and has played 11 list a matches for the Unicorns in the 40 over competition. He is a hard hitting left hander and bowls slow left arm orthodox spin. He has played Cardiff MCCU, Glamorgan 2 X1, Herefordshire and the Unicorns. Brad has a good future ahead of him and is looking to cement a full contract with a First Class County as soon as possible.
Tom Heggelman Netherlands
Tom is a Netherland's international having played 5 times for his Country with a bowling average of jus 17 and is regarded as a great prospect for the future. Tom is a right hand bat and right arm medium bowler. He has played all the way through the Netherlands ranks from U15 through to the national side. We wish him every success for 2013.
Kyle McCallen Ireland 1996 - 2009
Represented Ireland from 1996 – 2009 and with 226 caps is the most capped Irish player ever. He played in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and 2009 T20 World Cup in England before retiring from international cricket in August the same year. In November 2010 he received an M.B.E. for 'Services to Cricket in Northern Ireland'.
Lee Nelson Ireland Under 19's
Son of Alan and nephew of Noel, both of whom played for Ireland, Lee has been brought up with cricket from a young age and has represented Ireland from Under-12s upwards. He is a very talented young player and made a maiden 50 in the 2010 U19 World Cup against South Africa. He is a right hand bat and right arm off break bowler.
Rizwan Mahmood Denmark
Rizwan Mahmood is a Denmark International cricketer born in 1989 and living in Arhus in Denmark. He is a right-handed player and is new to the Woodstock team of sponsored players.