Jake Lehmann follows in Dad’s South Australian footsteps

Darren Lehmann’s son, Jake, has been awarded his first state rookie contract with South Australia after strong performances in last summer’s Futures League where he scored 255 runs at 36.42, with a top score of 92, in four games.

Sam Raphael and Trent Lawford are other additions to South Australia’s squad and Mark Cosgrove returns from Tasmania in place of the Western Australia bound Michael Klinger.

“We want a team where players are battling for positions and no-one’s spot is guaranteed. With the batting list we have this season, we have a huge amount of depth to draw upon and competition is going to be intense,” said SACA’s high performance manager Jamie Cox.

“Last year we finished just one wicket away from the final and have a number of players who took huge strides in terms of development. We believe the stability we have offered this group will be a huge advantage for us as we chase our first Sheffield Shield title in 19 years.”

Apart from Klinger, other players not to have their contracts renewed include Alex Carey, Sam Miller, Elliot Opie and Peter George.

South Australia squad:

Johan Botha, Tom Cooper, Mark Cosgrove, Callum Ferguson, Travis Head, Phil Hughes (CA), Trent Lawford, Tim Ludeman, Andrew McDonald, Joe Mennie, Gary Putland, Sam Raphael, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Kelvin Smith, Dan Worrall, Adam Zampa. Rookies: Tom Andrews, Alex Gregory, Jake Lehmann, Alex Ross, Nick Winter

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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