Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton was "delighted" to see Josh Poysden seize his chance with a match-shaping five-for in the Specsavers County Championship against Glamorgan this week.
With the match played on a used pitch, leg-spinner Poysden was included for the first time this season – and responded with a career-best five for 29.
The 26-year-old’s 13.2-2-29-5, his second first-class five-for, sent Glamorgan’s first-innings into freefall, the last five wickets falling for 48. That laid the platform for a four-wicket win which lifted the Bears 24 points clear at the top of Division Two after five games.
He has been frustrated at his lack of opportunities and has worked really hard on his game over the past year, so to come into a tight match like that and influence it the way he did was all credit to him.Jim Troughton
“I was delighted to see Josh pick up a career-best,” Troughton said. “He has been frustrated at his lack of opportunities and has worked really hard on his game over the past year, so to come into a tight match like that and influence it the way he did was all credit to him.
“To get the first-innings wickets he did to keep Glamorgan to an under-par score was a big contribution to our win. I’m really happy for him that he got the results for all the hard work he has put in.”
Poysden is not the first emerging player to seize the moment when a first-team opportunity has presented itself in Warwickshire’s first team this season. Ryan Sidebottom, Henry Brookes and Matt Lamb have all come in and contributed plenty to victories for the team.
“It’s been great that guys who have been brought into the side have put their hand up and contributed,” said Troughton. “Whether that’s Sidebottom who came in for the second game, Brookes who’s come in the team and done really well or Lamby who scored important runs, that’s the sort of depth you need in the squad.
“Also, as a batting unit, we have dovetailed nicely with Tim Ambrose leading the way in the early games and a lot of other guys contributing and Belly and Trotty showing their class against Glamorgan.”