- D.O.B.: 20/12/1998
- Player Type: Batsman and Batting All-Rounder (Spin)
- Availabilty: Yes
- Nationality: South African
- Playing Role: Right-handed Top Order Batsman and Right-arm Leg Spin
- Coaching qualifications: Cricket South Africa Level 1 (ECB Level 2 Equivalent)
- Current teams: Gauteng Lions (RSA Provincial)
- Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
- Available: April to August
Josh Richards is a highly-rated, incredibly talented young Batsman from Johannesburg in South Africa. A schoolboy star for St Stithians, one of South Africa’s best sporting schools, Josh was a regular for Gauteng at U19 level before progressing through to the Lions Cubs side for the National Franchise academy weeks from 2016 to 2017. Following some excellent performances in the various age-based competitions, Josh was selected for the South Africa U19 side that would tour England in summer 2018.
Ahead of the 2018-19 South African domestic season, Josh was drafted in to the Gauteng squad and upon being given his first opportunity to impress, he has remained a regular fixture in the side, scoring a patient 104 (200) on debut. He would go on to 4 centuries in his maiden first class season in just 9 games whilst also recording an eye-catching 98 (134) against Pakistan featuring their full strength attack in a tour match for the South African Invitational XI.
His summer would finish with 1181 runs across FC/List A at an impressive average of 45.42 with 5 x 100’s & 4 x 50’s. This was an impressive start for a precociously talented youngster with a massive future in the game.
Josh ventured to the UK for the first time in 2021, joining Denby CC in the ECB Derbyshire Premier Division, scoring 477 runs @ 36.69 in a frustratingly shortened stint but will benefit from having played in some typically tough Derbyshire conditions.
Joshua will be a popular choice for clubs seeking a prolific top order Batsman for next summer who is a very pleasant young man and a good guy to have around a club.
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