Josh Davey has enjoyed a fantastic World Cup campaign

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Despite, as expected, not qualifying for the knock-out stages of the World Cup, Scotland will be very proud of the performances of their young right-arm medium-fast bowler Josh Davey.

After the Sri Lankan defeat on Wednesday, Davey became the leading wicket-taker in the competition, albeit for a brief amount of time.

Great achievement

Even so, he must be rightly pleased with his success so far. To be above the likes of Dale Steyn, Mitchell Starc and Lasith Malinga is a great achievement and he must cherish what he has achieved in the group stages for his country.

His wickets against Sri Lanka were not just any wickets either. He dismissed centurions Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara as well as Mahela Jayawardene. Any bowler would be proud to have those three prize scalps to his name.

After five matches in Australia and New Zealand, Davey has now taken 14 wickets, edging ahead of New Zealand pace duo Tim Southee and Trent Boult who both have 13 wickets each.

The 24-year-old has taken wickets against all opponents he has faced in this World Cup tournament with his best figures of 4-68 coming against England in Christchurch.


Heading into the tournament Davey was a virtual unknown in World cricket. As well as his exploits for Scotland, Davey has played for Somerset and Middlesex as well as the Minor Counties side Suffolk.

Davey could not break into the Middlesex side on a regular basis and was released in 2013 whilst his Somerset career has also not gone to plan so far after failing to break into the first team last season. However, he did perform well for the second team which has earned him a further contract at the club.

Davey has now played in 23 ODIs for his country taking 42 wickets in total. His best performance was in a World Cup warm-up fixture against Afghanistan in January when he took career-best figures of 6-28 in Abu Dhabi. He also struck a half-century in that game.

The youngster, born in Aberdeen, may well find his services being used more often by Somerset this summer if he continues to perform well. At 24-years of age Davey still has a huge future ahead of him and this World Cup could be the making of his career.

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