Gary Keedy

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Gary Keedy
Personal information
Full nameGary Keedy
Born (1974-11-27) 27 November 1974 (age 43)
Sandal, West Yorkshire, England
Nickname Keeds
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Left-hand
Bowling Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
1994 Yorkshire
1995–2012 Lancashire
2013 Surrey
2014–present Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Runs scored1,44816127
Batting average 10.808.945.40
Top score64339*
Balls bowled46,4713,9361,414
Wickets 69611972
Bowling average 31.3926.4721.40
5 wickets in innings 3520
10 wickets in match7
Best bowling7/685/304/15
Catches/stumpings 57/–14/–10/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 September 2015

Gary Keedy (born 27 November 1974 in Sandal, West Yorkshire) is a slow-left arm spin bowler for Nottinghamshire. He played one match for Yorkshire in 1994, having graduated from their cricket academy, before moving to Lancashire. He played for the club from 1995 to 2012 taking over 500  first-class wickets. Although he had played youth internationals, he has never represented the senior England team despite having been in the squad a few times. In 2011 he was part of the Lancashire squad that won the County Championship for the first time since 1950. He subsequently played one season for Surrey and two for Nottinghamshire, before retiring as a professional cricketer in 2015. After studying physiotherapy at the University of Salford, Keedy is currently Nottinghamshire's spin bowling coach and assistant physiotherapist.

Spin bowling is a bowling technique in cricket and the bowler is referred to as a spinner.

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club sports club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Nottinghamshire. The club's limited overs team is called the Notts Outlaws. The county club was founded in 1841 but Nottinghamshire teams formed by earlier organisations, essentially the old Nottingham Cricket Club, had played top-class cricket since 1771 and the county club has always held first-class status. Nottinghamshire have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club English cricket club

Yorkshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Yorkshire. The club's limited overs team is called the Yorkshire Vikings. Yorkshire teams formed by earlier organisations, essentially the old Sheffield Cricket Club, played top-class cricket from the 18th century and the county club has always held first-class status. Yorkshire have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.



Youth cricket

Although Keedy has never played for the England test or one day senior team, between 1993 and 1994 he played 8 youth test matches taking 16 wickets at an average of 38.87 including the scalps of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Thilan Samaraweera. [1] [2] In the same period, he also played 6 youth ODIs, claiming 8 wickets at 16.37. [3]

Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indian cricketer

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a Guyanese cricketer of Indian descent and former West Indian international cricketer and captain of the West Indies cricket team. Widely considered as one of the forgotten greats of cricket, Chanderpaul is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies, and third player with the international career span over two decades after Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Thilan Thusara Samaraweera is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs. Samaraweera played international cricket for Sri Lanka as a permanent member in Test squad and is in the side primarily for his solid right-handed batting but is also a capable off spinner. He is the current fielding coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League for 2018.

Keedy graduated from the Yorkshire Cricket Academy and played only one match for Yorkshire before moving to Roses rivals Lancashire in the winter of 1994/5. [4] [5]

The Wars of the Roses (1455–1487) were a series of dynastic civil wars fought in Medieval England.


Keedy was signed by then Lancashire coach David Lloyd in a motorway service station. [6] Although it took time for him to become a leading light of the Lancashire attack, he was awarded his county cap in 2000. [5] It was in 2003 that Keedy first started to impress observers, taking sixty wickets in the County Championship as Lancashire narrowly missed out on their first Championship title since 1934 to Sussex. Since then he has remained on the periphery of England selection. He was considered unlucky not to win a place to tour Sri Lanka in 2003-4. The selectors chose Glamorgan's Robert Croft instead.

The 2003 County Championship season, known as the FrizzellCounty Championship, was the 103rd County Championship. It was contested through two divisions: Division One and Division Two. Each team played all the others in their division both home and away. The top three teams from Division Two were promoted to the first division for the 2004 season, while the bottom three sides from Division 1 were relegated.

County Championship

The County Championship, currently known as the Specsavers County Championship for sponsorship reasons, is the domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales and is organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It became an official title in 1890. The competition consists of eighteen clubs named after, and originally representing, historic counties, seventeen from England and one from Wales. From 2016, the Championship has been sponsored by Specsavers, who replaced Liverpool Victoria after 14 years.

Sussex County Cricket Club English cricket team

Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Sussex. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club was founded in 1839 as a successor to the various Sussex county cricket teams, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, which had been representative of the county of Sussex as a whole since the 1720s. The club has always held first-class status. Sussex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

In 2004, Keedy enjoyed the most successful season of his career so far, taking 72 Championship wickets, making him the leading first-class wicket-taker amongst England qualified players. Only Pakistan international Mushtaq Ahmed of Sussex took more first-class wickets. Unfortunately for him, Lancashire were relegated to Division Two of the Championship despite being favourites for the title. As a result of his bowling efforts during the 2004 season, Keedy was awarded Lancashire's Player of the Year Award. [5] [7]

The 2004 County Championship season, known as the Frizzell County Championship for sponsorship reasons, was contested through two divisions: Division One and Division Two. Each team plays all the others in their division both home and away. The top three teams from Division Two were promoted to the first division for 2005, while the bottom three sides from Division 1 are relegated.

He again missed out on selection to tour with England, this time to South Africa, in favour of the more conservative pick of Gareth Batty.

Gareth Jon Batty is an English cricketer who played all three formats of the game. More specifically a spin-bowler, Batty was the captain of Surrey County Cricket Club between 2015 and 2017. He is the younger brother of former Yorkshire and Somerset off-spinner Jeremy Batty.

After taking 29 Championship wickets in 2005, Keedy suffered a finger injury on his spinning finger which ruled him out for the final month of the season. The injury likely cost Keedy a place on England's tour to Pakistan and India.[ citation needed ]

Until recently,[ when? ] many observers believed the main reason that Keedy had never played for the national team is his lack of batting talent and poor fielding qualities. Despite this, left-arm orthodox spinner Monty Panesar, who is also not renowned for his batting or fielding skills, played all three Tests in India, and was a permanent fixture in the England squad until 2009.

In All Out Cricket's October 2006 edition, Gary Keedy was voted the best county player never to have played for England. [8]

Although Keedy only took 28 wickets in the 2008 County Championship, he felt that the statistics did not reflect how well he bowled.

Wickets taken is not the major factor ... I try and judge my own performances on how I have influenced the match. It might be a guy who is on 100 who I get out with a brilliant piece of bowling and from there you have influenced that match – even though you might end up with just 1/40. I felt like I had my most consistent season with the ball but did not get the return last year. I felt like players had a little bit more respect for me. At Hove was as well as I had ever bowled. Me and [Andrew Flintoff] didn't get a wicket between us but we set the game up for [Glen Chapple] to get six wickets. In other games I have had teams come and sit on me rather than come after me, and I think Somerset, where I took five wickets, is an example of us having not played them for a while helping me. Their batsmen have not faced me for a while and they had the approach of attacking me. Because I bowled well, I got the return."
Gary Keedy [9]

Keedy is studying for a four-year degree in physiotherapy at the University of Salford in preparation for life after his playing career.[ needs update ] [9] For the 2009 season, former England coach Peter Moores joined Lancashire as the club's coach, replacing Mike Watkinson, who became Lancashire's director of cricket. Keedy admitted to being "nervous" and wanted to make a good impression. [9] Despite initial nerves, Keedy finished 2009 as the club's leading wicket-taker in first-class cricket, with 45 scalps from 17 matches. [10] 2009 was also Keedy's benefit season. Events to raise money included a golf day with Ian Botham and a Strictly Come Dancing-style ball. [9]

Keedy bowling against Durham in the 2012 Friends Life Twenty20

In a warm-up match against Durham before the 2010 season started, Keedy broke his collar bone. The injury left him unable to play for several months. [11] In Keedy's absence, Lancashire's young spinners, Stephen Parry and Simon Kerrigan, were given opportunities in the first team. [11] Kerrigan was chosen ahead of Parry in the four-day team and cemented his place in the side. [12] When Keedy returned from injury he and Kerrigan sometimes bowled together in the County Championship. Their partnership began with them competing to out perform each other. After a discussion the pair decided they would be more effective if they worked together to build pressure while bowling. [13] Keedy finished the season with 31 first-class wickets at an average of 22.19.

During the 2011 season Keedy was preferred to Kerrigan when Lancashire chose to play with one spinner in the County Championship. [14] In August 2011 rumours emerged that Keedy had been approached by Warwickshire. [15] In September, in the last match of the season Lancashire won the County Championship for the first time since they shared the title in 1950. [16] [17] Keedy finished as the team's leading wicket-taker in the competition, taking 61 wickets to help them to the title. The same month he agreed to sign a new contract with the club. [18] Speaking on the matter later, Keedy remarked that he felt the offer adversely affected his form as it distracted from playing for Lancashire; to deal with this, he deferred acting on the offer until the end of the season. Although Warwickshire offered a pay rise, Keedy chose to remain with Lancashire, saying "Ultimately the decision was based on what I've done here for the last 17 years. It boiled down to the support network around me, including my family." [19]

The Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2012 founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. [20] An auction was held for teams to buy players, [21] and Keedy was bought by the Sylhet Royals for $25,000. [22] He played a single match in the competition, [23] and bowled just two overs against the Dhaka Gladiators without taking a wicket. [24] In June 2012, Keedy took the second five-wicket haul of his one-day career, taking 5/55 in Lancashire's 167-run loss to Middlesex; during the match he also claimed his 100th wicket in the format, that of batsman Joe Denly, caught by Ashwell Prince. [25]

Surrey and Nottinghamshire

After playing just four Championship games in the 2012 season, Keedy signed a two-year deal with Surrey with Lancashire's best wishes, for him to "fulfil my ambitions" and play as much cricket as possible. [26]

On 19 December 2013, it was announced that for the 2014 season, Keedy would be joining Nottinghamshire. Although registered as a member of the playing staff, his primary role will be as assistant physio. [27] He will continue in a physiotherapy role, as well as acting as spin bowling coach, after his retirement at the end of the 2015 season, in which he only played one first-class game. [28]

First-class bowling stats by year

Season [29] Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Best Bowling Average 5wI 10wM Notes
19991,59473711265/6727.3410 Muralitharan was Lancashire's overseas player June to August
20012,323761,150285/7341.0720Muralitharan was Lancashire's overseas player May to September
20043,8731221,849727/9525.6861Lancashire's leading wicket taker for the season [5]
20051,59367753336/3322.8121Muralitharan was Lancashire's overseas player April to June
20063,398881,660616/4027.2120Lancashire's leading wicket taker for the season [5]
20071,63555813245/15933.8710Muralitharan was Lancashire's overseas player May to August
20093,2631071,540456/5034.2230Lancashire's leading wicket taker for the season [5]

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