Jamie Awarded With Contract
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After returning to England and the Isle of Wight in 2007, Jamie joined Ryde Cricket Club and began to impress immediately. He earned himself a 1st XI spot towards the end of that season and then played a full season in 2008 helping the club into Hampshire County Division 1. His skills were being spotted at the higher level though and became a regular member of the Hampshire Academy side playing in the Southern Electric Premier League. In 2010 Jamie finished with 31 league wickets at an average of 19.61 putting him 7th in the final statistics in Div 1. He also had a successful season with the bat picking up vital runs towards the end of the innings. His performances earned him the captaincy in the Academy's last fixture against Havant which they won.
His efforts for the season were rewarded by Hampshire when, just before leaving for Australia he was informed that he has been given a Development Contract at Hampshire for 2011. This is an unbelievable achievement for the Ryde player. Lawrence Tolfrey, Ryde 1st XI Captain and previous coach of Jamie commented 'this is a proud moment for the club and myself, we have had successful players in the past at Ryde who have gone on to play for the County and this just proves the hard work we put into the club and the thriving colts section is all worth while'. Ryde U15's have just completed their 2nd season in a row of winning the league and cup titles. Lawrence went on to say 'It is unfortunate to have not had Jamie playing for us as much now as he is such a quality asset to any side, but we support him as much as we can and Jamie still plays when he can for the club, we hope his success carries on through the winter in Australia and that his performances continue to push him forward to becoming a regular 1st XI player at Hampshire in future years.'
We managed to catch up with Jamie before he left and he commented 'I'm very excited about where my cricket is taking me at the moment, the year has been great and to be given the Hampshire Academy Player of the Year Award was an amazing day'. 'To get the Development Contract as well was the icing on the cake and something i've dreamed of for a long time now'. ' When I can I like to catch up with the lads at Ryde and play a few of the friendly fixtures, when Hampshire games don't clash, it's a great club with superb facilities and I love playing at the club, my brother Callum is a regular league player at Ryde and I will keep in touch with the boys for years to come.' Jamie went on to say 'I am hoping that I can keep fit and keep taking wickets over the winter so that my form can improve into 2011, I just want to keep learning and improving so that I can keep doing what I love, playing cricket.'