Full Name: Josh Freestone
Born: 31st January 1997 (currently 19 years old)
Playing Role: Right arm medium bowler, Right Hand Bat
Major Teams: Tasmanian U/15 State Team, Tasmanian U/17 State Team, Scotch Oakburn College First XI, South Launceston First Grade (NTCA, Cricket North)
Entry Route: Youth Mobility Visa
Honours/Achievements: 2012 School Sports Australia U/15 Championships for Tasmania 2014 Australian National U/17 Championships for Tasmania Played in New Zealand against top class schools around Auckland in 2013 Scotch Oakburn College First XI Vice-Captain, 2015 SATIS (Sporting Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools) State Premiers, 2015 Scotch Oakburn College bowling award (17 wickets @ 8.47), 2015 NTCA First Grade semi-final for South Launceston, 2016 South Launceston CC ‘Best First Year Player’, 2016 Dismissed Australian Domestic First Class batsman, 2016 Cricket Australia XI and Victorian listed player Sam Harper, as well as former Tasmanian First Class batsman Dane Anderson. Played alongside and against Tasmanian First Class player Caleb Jewell, Tasmanian listed players Gabe Bell, Ryan Lees and Corey Murfett, and Australian U/19 representative Fletcher Seymour. Coached school year 5/6 team during 2016.
Josh is an exciting right arm medium-fast bowler who has played over 40 matches of First XI cricket for his school (Scotch Oakburn College) since debuting as a year 8 student in 2011, and recently finishing his school career with a SATIS State Premiership as a year 12 student in 2015. In this year Josh also won the bowling award with 17 wickets at an average of 8.47, including 3 wickets in the final. During his school career Josh played with Australian U/19 representative Fletcher Seymour, and against Tasmanian listed players Ryan Lees, Sean Willis and Gabe Bell.
After making his First Grade debut for South Launceston in the NTCA in 2014/15 as a 17 year old, Josh has more recently completed is first full season of First Grade cricket for South in the 2015/16 season, helping his side to the NTCA semi-final. Also in this season Josh claimed South Launceston’s “best first year player” award, after a good season, taking 30 wickets at an average of 19.63 across all competitions to be the club’s second highest wicket taker, and was also the NTCA’s 6th highest wicket taker, with best figures of 4/35 coming in the semi-final against Mowbray CC. In this season Josh had a habit of dismissing the opposition’s best batsman, including former Tasmanian First Class player Dane Anderson, and NTCA player of the year Clinton Reid.
Josh normally either opens the bowling or bowls first change, using clever changes of pace to set up the batsman and dismiss them. Josh’s strengths are his tight lines, as well as his changes of pace, using cutters and slower balls to build pressure on the batsman, as well as his surprise quicker ball Yorker, delivering Josh with plenty of bowled and LBW’s as his main forms of dismissal.
Short term goal is to have a good 2016/17 season for South Launceston First Grade and to hopefully win the 2016/17 NTCA First Grade premiership.
My goal over the English summer is to perform to the best of my ability on the field in England, and be an integral member of my team’s achievements during the 2017 season, while at the same time enjoying the experience of living in England and experiencing new places and cultures.