Josh racking up the miles on county circuit

LIFE as a professional cricketer is certainly not as glamorous as it appears – not that Josh Davey is complaining.

The former Culford School pupil, who played for Bury St Edmunds in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, is in his second year as a full-time professional cricketer at Middlesex.

Davey last season became only the third cricketer ever to play for Suffolk before going on to gain international recognition when he was selected to play for Scotland.

The 20-year-old subsequently re-wrote the record books when he produced the best-ever one-day analysis by a Scottish bowler as he claimed figures of 7.2-3-9-5 in a six-wicket win against Afghanistan.

Davey, who was back in Bury watching the Essex versus Unicorns match a fortnight ago, recently travelled more than 1,000 miles in a week.

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He went from his base in London up to Lancashire for a 2nd XI match, before being summoned to Derbyshire as cover for a first-team colleague who had broken a finger.

From there he travelled up to Durham to join up with the Scotland squad for a Clydesdale Bank 40 match, before the next day going to Leicestershire for another group game in the competition. It was then back to London for a Middlesex 2nd XI game.

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In addition to all the time spent on the road, the life of a professional cricketer also means moving from one hotel to another.

Davey said: “I found it quite stressful at times last year, but I have got used to the lifestyle this year with all the travelling and staying in hotels.

“It can be tiring but I am not complaining as I am doing want I want to do and that is to play cricket professionally,” he said.

Davey took two wickets apiece for Scotland against Durham and Leicestershire, although he scored only six and 23 with the bat.

“I injured my hip and could not bowl for two weeks, which allowed me to concentrate more on my batting. I then scored a fifty against Surrey at The Oval in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and the following day scored 91 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.”

His two-year contract with Middlesex, who are currently sit second in Division Two of the LV= County Championship, runs out at the end of this season, and Davey is keen to earn another one.

“My main aim this year is to get into the Middlesex team and play regularly in the county championship,” he added.

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