Jake Needham

Country: England
Born: September 30, 1986, Portsmouth
Height: 6ft 1in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak

Jake Needham Bio

Jake Needham, a former cricket player from England, made an unexpected decision to end his playing career in 2012, requesting an early release from his contract. Despite his departure from professional cricket, Jake had a notable career that left an indelible mark on the sport.

Born and raised in England, Jake Needham demonstrated his early talent for cricket at a young age. He represented Derbyshire Under-17s with remarkable skill and dedication. His performance did not go unnoticed, and he soon found a place in the county’s second XI in 2004. Jake’s exceptional abilities as an off-spinner and lower middle-order batsman allowed him to make his debut in the first XI in 2005 against Essex at Derby, where he showcased his talent by taking two wickets.

After his impressive performance in the first XI, Jake’s career began to flourish. He had the opportunity to represent the ECB’s Development of Excellence XI, further honing his skills. His dedication and hard work soon paid off, as he earned a contract with Derbyshire for the year 2006. In doing so, Jake became the first graduate from the prestigious Derbyshire Academy, solidifying his place within the cricketing community.

Throughout his career, Jake Needham had the privilege of representing England at various levels. He donned the national colors as part of the England Under-19 team, showcasing his ability to perform at the highest level. His talent and commitment were recognized by his peers and the cricketing fraternity.

However, as the years progressed, Jake’s opportunities within professional cricket seemed to diminish. Following his last County Championship appearance in 2009 and his final T20 game in the same year, he only played a handful of Clydesdale Bank 40 League matches in 2010. Unfortunately, 2011 saw him make his last appearance in the first team, and the subsequent years provided limited chances for him to showcase his talents.

In 2012, Needham made the difficult decision to retire from professional cricket. It was a move that shocked many, as he still had a year remaining on his contract. Despite this sudden career shift, Jake did not let his passion for the sport fade away. He accepted the captaincy of Ockbrook and Borrowash in the Derbyshire Premier League, continuing to contribute to the game at a grassroots level.

In addition to his role as captain, Jake secured a part-time position in Derbyshire’s Media and Marketing department. This allowed him to explore career opportunities in the financial services industry while remaining connected to the sport he loved. It is a testament to his versatility and adaptability that he was able to seamlessly transition into the corporate world.

Throughout his career, Jake Needham left an enduring legacy in English cricket. His dedication, talent, and contributions to both county and national cricket will not be forgotten. In retrospect, while Jake’s playing career may have been cut short unexpectedly, his impact on the sport still resonates with aspiring cricketers and fans alike.

Jake Needham Career Stats

Jake Needham Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 19 31 12 384 48 20.21 1018 37.72 0 0 - - 10 0
List A 42 29 12 224 42 13.17 309 72.49 0 0 - - 13 0
T20s 14 5 3 16 7* 8 24 66.66 0 0 0 0 4 0

Jake Needham Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 19 - 2263 1268 35 6/49 - 36.22 3.36 64.6 1 1 0
List A 42 - 1395 1208 26 3/36 3/36 46.46 5.19 53.6 0 0 0
T20s 14 11 159 212 8 4/21 4/21 26.5 8 19.8 1 0 0

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