Vics sign Haberfield

FORMER Nirranda paceman Jake Haberfield has earned a Victorian Bushrangers’ contract for the 2014-15 season.

The ex-South Australian quick earned his selection after a strong season with Victorian Premier Cricket premier Footscray-Edgewater.

He claimed 59 wickets, including three seven-wicket hauls and a bag of six in the final.

Haberfield, who played two Sheffield Shield matches for Victoria last season, has an imposing limited-overs record.

The right-arm quick, who played 29 matches for South Australia, has the third lowest bowling average in Australian domestic one-day history (21.38), behind only Dennis Lillee and Geoff Dymock, and the third lowest strike rate (26.00), bettered only by Stuart MacGill and Shaun Tait.

Victorian talent manager Andrew Lynch said Haberfield deserved his spot on the roster.

“He had a great year and performed in the big games, taking his side to a premiership,” Lynch said.

“He certainly wasn’t out of his depth in his two matches with the state side and was probably unlucky not to have played more.”

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