A stoical left-handed opening batsman, Billy Godleman is one of a number of young emerging batsman on the county scene.
He came onto the radar when he scored 732 runs at an average of nearly 37 in 2008, including a top-score of 113 against Somerset - his inaugural first-class hundred. He also contributed four half-centuries to the team's cause and took 20 catches.
He did not play one-day cricket for Middlesex, but scored an unbeaten 149 in an ODI against Pakistan for England Under-19 in the same summer. It was the highest innings for England at youth level.
He was selected to play for England in the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008, after missing out in the 2005/06 campaign.
Godleman showed more sign of his promise for Middlesex by striking his second first-class hundred - against Gloucestershire at Lord's.
He helped the Crusaders win the Twenty20 Cup and was part of the squad for the Stanford Super Series although he did not play in Antigua.
Godleman scored heavily in the Second XI in 2009, but generally struggled on first-team duty.
He was sent out on loan to Essex late in the season, and just a week later Essex snapped him up permanently on a three-year deal.