Steve Jakeman retires from cricket after years of success with local teams
Steve Jakeman has retired from cricket due to a shoulder injury after almost 30 years of playing for local teams.
He had spells at Oakhill, Leigh-on-Mendip and Evercreech during a long and successful career and most recently helped Leigh to promotion of Division 4 of the Somerset Cricket League.
However, having always regarded himself as more of a bowler, the injury restricted Jakeman to a batting role last season and, after going out on a high by scoring 36 against Trull, he has decided to call it a day.
Having moved to Oakhill from Gloucestershire as a 17-year-old in 1984, Jakeman quickly joined the village club, who only played friendly matches at the time, and made an immediate impact.
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On his debut against Dunkerton he took 3-26 and hit a six to win the game.
He also helped the Shepton Mallet youth side to a perfect season, winning all their league games and two cups.
When Oakhill joined the North Somerset League in 1985, Jakeman was part of the team which went on an incredible run, earning several promotions before finishing fourth in Division 1 in 1990.
His most impressive figures were 6-6 from eight overs against Navy Contracts and he picked up the award for most wickets for the club for seven consecutive seasons before joining Leigh in the Somerset League in 1992.
With no bowling restrictions at that stage, Jakeman regularly bowled unchanged spells of 23 overs. He scored his maiden century during the season and twice took seven wickets, with Leigh winning the Bass Charrington Cup and reaching the final of the Somerset Minor Cup.
A four-season spell at Evercreech then followed, which included winning the Minor Cup in 1994. As well as taking scores of wickets, his batting also flourished, hitting 63 off 26 balls in the semi-final.
Although he was unable to bowl for most of the 1995 season due to injury, he returned even better the following year with an impressive double of 1,010 runs and 100 wickets.
Jakeman returned to Leigh for three years in 1997, now playing in Division 2 of the Somerset League, the highest standard he had played.
Another spell at Oakhill followed, albeit interrupted by injury. He returned career best figures of 7-6 in a match against Whitchurch and helped the team reach the Minor Cup final.
Jakeman took part in Evercreech's 150th anniversary tour to Australia in 2003 and, after Oakhill folded, returned to Leigh for one season in 2004 before joining Evercreech again.
In 2009, Jakeman decided he needed a fresh challenge and joined Shepton Mallet in Division 4 of the North Somerset League, helping the club to two promotions as he averaged 44.63 with the bat and 8.39 with the ball, including a career-best innings of 145.
However, he suffered a bad shoulder injury in 2011 and, despite plenty of treatment, he could only return as a batsman for Leigh last season, with Shepton having folded, before bringing his glittering career to an end.