Former Jeparit and Blackheath-Dimboola cricketer Samuel Kerber has been selected in the South Australian Sheffield Shield squad for the first time.

Kerber, a specialist batsman who also bowls left-arm orthodox spin, is part of a squad of thirteen who will take on Queensland in Brisbane starting on Tuesday next week, which also includes Australian representatives Travis Head and Alex Carey.

His selection at this level has come after a prolific season for Adelaide University in the South Australian premier cricket competition that sees him currently leading the run-scoring after having also topped the aggregate last summer with 817 runs.

Kerber first played senior cricket in the 2006/07 seaosn for Jeparit, and after three seasons with that club, moved to the Blackheath-Dimboola Club.

During this time, he also earned selection in several district and regional representative teams.

In January 2012, he played for Victoria at the National Under 19 Championships in Adelaide, where he made 199 runs, including 104 against New South Wales, and he took two wickets. He has since played Victorian Premier Cricket in Melbourne for the Monash Tigers with some success before moving to South Australia, where he plays for Adelaide University in that state’s premier competition.

During the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, he played several games for South Australia in the Cricket Australia Second XI Competition, also known as the Futures League, in both the Twenty20 and the longer four-day formats.

Younger brother Daniel, who also plays alongside Samual for the Adelaide University, is making a name for himself as a cricket equipment supplier, including cricket bat repairs and his own line of custom handmade cricket bats.