Joe joined Woodstock in 2012 before gaining a full contract with Worcestershire in 2013. He is 28 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 two first class hundreds, 16 fifties and best bowling figures of 6-73. He also in the 2015 season took a hat-trick from the first three balls of a T20 game. Joe was rewarded with Captaincy after being vice 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.
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 239 games to this point with a highest score of 251*, 639 catches and 40 stumping's.
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 awarded him with a benefit year in 2016.
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. Jack has made over 4500 first team runs and taken 130 wickets in all formats.
Taylor is a very useful batsman, too, an aggressive stroke maker who has made his ten first class Championship centuries. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.