Having first appeared (and finished not-out) in a Second XI Trophy match, marred by a 12-run penalty award to Derbyshire which handed them a match victory by one wicket, he later appeared in his debut first-team match against Essex, a match which he played on the same day as he was supposed to be receiving his A-level results.
An off-spinner, he has proven slightly expensive in his rookie season, though this is perhaps to be expected from such a young character.
Jake has recently been given a new two-year contract, seeing him stay at the county until at least 2010.
In October 2007, Needham traveled to Victoria, Australia, where he has accepted a one season contract to play for club cricket side St. Mary's during the English Winter.
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