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Full name Jake Needham
Born September 30, 1986, Portsmouth
Current age 27 years 327 days
Major teams Derbyshire, England Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 1 in
|First-class debut||Derbyshire v Essex at Derby, Aug 16-19, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury, Jul 31-Aug 3, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||Warwickshire v Derbyshire at Birmingham, Jul 9, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, May 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Jun 29, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 28, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|8, 3/85, 1||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Denby||17 Aug 2011||Other|
|3, 2/36||Derby 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Denby||16 Aug 2011||Other OD|
|9, 0/21, 64*||Derby 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Belper||3 Aug 2011||Other|
|23, 7||Derby 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Denby||20 Jul 2011||Other|
|-||Derby 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Leek||19 Jul 2011||Other OD|
|36*, 0/30, 54, 0/13||Derby 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Coventry||13 Jul 2011||Other|
|0/38, 36*||Derby 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Sutton Coldfield||12 Jul 2011||Other OD|
|0/17, 39*||Derby 2nd XI||v Unicorns A||Derby||4 Jul 2011||Other OD|
|2/66, 0/30||Derby 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Marton||28 Jun 2011||Other|
|2, 3/30||Derby 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Stokesley||27 Jun 2011||Other OD|
Jake Needham unexpectedly called time on his playing career two months into the 2012 season, requesting early release from the last year of his contract. He had not made a County Championship appearance since 2009, a year where he also played his last T20. 2010 saw him play a handful of Clydesdale Bank 40 League matches but one game in the 2011 competition was his last first-team appearance.
He was offered the captaincy of Ockbrook and Borrowash in the Derbyshire Premier League and secured a part-time role with Derbyshire's Media and Marketing department while exploring opportunities in the financial services industry.
An offspinner and lower middle-order batsman, Needham represented Derbyshire Under-17s before finding his way into the county's second XI in 2004 and made his first XI debut in 2005 against Essex at Derby, taking two wickets.
After spells with the ECB's Development of Excellence XI and England Under-19 he won a contract with Derbyshire for 2006 - becoming the first graduate from the Derbyshire Academy.
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