Josh de Caires

Joshua Michael de Caires (born 25 April 2002) is an English cricketer,[1][2] and the son of former England cricketer Michael Atherton. He made his first-class debut on 5 July 2021, for Middlesex in the 2021 County Championship. His debut came after he had earlier that season scored an unbeaten century at Headingley against a Yorkshire attack including David Willey in a non-first class fixture.

Josh de Caires
Personal information
Full nameJoshua Michael de Caires
Born (2002-04-25) 25 April 2002 (age 19)
Paddington, Middlesex, England
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsMichael Atherton (father)
Frank De Caires (great-grandfather)
Domestic team information
2021Middlesex (squad no. 25)
First-class debut5 July 2021 Middlesex v Gloucestershire
List A debut3 August 2021 Middlesex v Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 2 3 1
Runs scored 28 68 14
Batting average 7.00 22.66 14.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 17 43 14
Balls bowled 18 108 0
Wickets 0 1 0
Bowling average 95.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/13
Catches/stumpings 0/– 2/– 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 August 2021

Personal lifeEdit

Josh de Caires is from Paddington, Middlesex, England.[2] He is the son of former England cricketer Michael Atherton,[3][4] and the great-grandson of former West Indian cricketer Frank De Caires.[5] De Caires says that he has rarely seen his father batting, as he was born eight months after Atherton's last Test match.[3] He was given his mother's maiden name,[3][4] but does not know why.[3] De Caires attended St Albans School, Hertfordshire,[6] where he was coached by former England cricketer Mark Ilott,[7] and is a student of economics at the University of Leeds.[8]


De Caires is a batsman,[9] who often opens the batting.[10] He started playing for Middlesex CCC under-14s in 2015. On debut, he scored 90*.[5][11] In 2017, de Caires made his debut for Middlesex Second XI, at the age of 15.[4][5] In 2019, he hit a century in a Second XI Championship match against Hampshire.[9]

In 2020, de Caires played for Middlesex in a two-day pre-season friendly against Northamptonshire CCC.[11] In August 2020, de Caires signed a three-year professional contract with Middlesex.[11] In club cricket, de Caires played for Radlett Cricket Club in the 2020 Hertfordshire Cricket League season. He was the league's second-highest wicket taker.[12] In 2021, de Caires played for Leeds/Bradford MCCU in a match against Yorkshire CCC. He scored 118 from 292 deliveries to help Leeds/Bradford secure a draw in the match.[4][13] The match did not have first-class status, as university matches no longer qualify for first-class status.[4] The Yorkshire bowling attack included England bowler David Willey.[4] He also played for Tickhill Cricket Club in 2021.[14] He made his first-class debut on 5 July 2021, for Middlesex in the 2021 County Championship.[15] On 9 July 2021, he made his Twenty20 debut, also for Middlesex, in the 2021 T20 Blast.[16] He made his List A debut on 3 August 2021, for Middlesex in the 2021 Royal London One-Day Cup.[17]


  1. ^ "Josh de Caires". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Josh de Caires". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Josh de Caires: Michael Atherton's son on following in his father's footsteps". BBC Sport. 19 April 2021. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Josh de Caires, son of Mike Atherton, thwarts Yorkshire with century for Leeds/Bradford MCCU". ESPNcricinfo. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Middlesex signs Josh de Caires". Stabroek News. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  6. ^ "New twins give Toor happier end to Radlett season". Club Cricket Conference. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Ones to watch in 2020". The Middle Stump. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Yorkshire thwarted as Michael Atherton's son Josh de Caires impresses". The Yorkshire Post. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Josh de Caires: Mike Atherton's son signs Middlesex contract". ESPNcricinfo. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Josh de Caires: Michael Atherton's son continues in his father's footsteps". Sports Breezer. 19 April 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  11. ^ a b c "Josh de Caires signs three-year Middlesex deal". The Cricketer. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Herts League averages for 2020 shines light on district's cricket stars". The Herts Advertiser. 16 January 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Josh de Caires, son of ex-England captain Michael Atherton, hits hundred against Yorkshire". BBC Sport. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Tickhill CC sign former England captain Michael Atherton's son, Josh de Caires". Doncaster Free Press. 15 April 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Group 2, Cheltenham, Jul 5 - 8 2021, County Championship". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  16. ^ "South Group (N), Cheltenham, Jul 9 2021, Vitality Blast". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Group 2, Manchester, Aug 3 2021, Royal London One-Day Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 August 2021.

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