Jake Rowe is Midsomer Norton CC?s club professional in the West of England Premier League 2 (WEPL), and is a current playing member of the Marylebone CC (MCC).
His main success has come in the past five years with Clevedon Cricket Club 1st XI in West of England Premier League – Premier 1. Jake represented Clevedon CC 1st XI from 2012 to 2018 during which the side won back to back promotions into WEPL Premier 1, and in 2018 were WEPL Premier 1 title winners for the first time in the club?s history. During the 2018 season Jake took 24 wickets in the National T20 Cup and National One Day Cup, at an average of just 10.92 and economy rate of 4.84rpo, helping Clevedon 1st XI reach the National One Day Cup quarter final, and the National T20 cup area final.
After this successful season, and a third season abroad playing and coaching, Jake moved to Midsomer Norton Cricket Club as their club professional. In 2019 he hit 545 league runs at an average of 45.42, and took 20 league wickets at an average of 16.10 and economy rate of 3.62rpo. It is also important to note the levels of leadership shown by Jake since moving to Midsomer Norton CC and his impact throughout the club from his coaching role. He is currently completing his ECB Advanced Coach (Level 3) Qualification. Jake was also drafted to play in the 2019 National T20 Pro:Am tournament during which he fulfilled a player-coach role for the BAS sponsored Team, and led the way taking 2 for 27 from his 4 overs in the semi-final fixture at the Ageas Bowl, including the scalp of Saeed Ajmal. In 2020, the season was cut short due to Covid-19 but Jake still upheld a league batting average of 40.67 and a league bowling average of 16.33.
Jake has had many successes on foreign soil as well. In 2017/18 and 2018/19 he played for Central Indians CC in the Bay of Plenty Men?s Premier Competition in New Zealand. Whilst in New Zealand he was also selected to play for Poverty Bay District Cricket Association in the Northern Districts CA cricket competitions. Over the two seasons he hit a total of 755 runs in Premier Grade and District cricket, averaging 24 in Premier Grade cricket with a high score of 101 not out, and 45.3 for Poverty Bay District CA with a high score of 67, respectively. He also took a total of 53 wickets over the two seasons in Premier Grade cricket and District cricket, at an average of 19.33 and 19.29 respectively. He will be returning to New Zealand for the 2021/22 season.
Before studying Geography at the University of the West of England, during which time Jake captained UWE CC?s 1st XI and was awarded University Full Colours for his services to the club as well as being nominated as the University?s sports coach of the year, he also played a cricket season for Southern Districts CC 1st Grade XI in Sydney Shires cricket (2010/11). When playing in Sydney, he was asked to be a net bowler for the England and Australia test sides ahead of the Sydney Ashes test. Jake has also been a playing member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) since 2013, and has been on three overseas tours with the club to the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Whilst growing up in Cornwall, Jake represented Cornwall CCC during his teenage years with the highlight being a batting average of 51 during his Under 18s season.
It is also important to recognise how consistent and strong Jake is when fielding. Usually fielding at point early in a game, and then boundary riding to utilise his athleticism and exceptional pace across the turf, his ground fielding is sharp and catching impressive, which is evident from him taking a personal best of 18 fielding dismissals for Clevedon CC in the 2018 season.
He is a true all-rounder and can help win games in all three disciplines. He prides himself on his highly versatile ability to bat to any situation, vast shorter format bowling variations, and athletic fielding as well as being a truly competitive character and having a wealth of experience and knowledge from playing around the world.