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News - 25th September 2011

Keedy pens new deal

Keedy pens new deal

Gary Keedy has spoken about the reasons why he signed a new two-year contract with county champions Lancashire.

The 36 year-old left-arm spinner has put pen to paper at Old Trafford after rejecting an offer from Division One rivals Warwickshire.

Keedy was Lancashire's leading wicket-taker in this season's LV= County Championship with 61 from 16 matches, and he now has a total of 648 from 211 first-class matches to his name.

He said: "I had a chat with Chappie and Mooresy about what they thought was best for me, and everything they said made sense.

"One of the major factors in me staying is that I love playing cricket in an environment that I've been brought up in.

"The decision was far from easy. But, ultimately, you can't put a price on some things. Being with your family and around a network of friends and supporters, I don't think you can buy that."

Keedy played one Championship match for Yorkshire, ironically against a Sussex team with Moores as their wicketkeeper in 1994, before moving across the Pennines ahead of the following summer.

And 2012 will be his 18th season with the Red Rose county.

He added: "Winning the title, you can view it both ways. One is 'right, I've done that, it's time to move on'. But the other is 'what a great set of lads we've got, what we've achieved is phenomenal, let's do it again'. That's my goal now.

"I want to carry on how I have been doing with a fantastic group of lads. We've got no real superstars, but we're all pulling in the same direction. That's why we've won it this year."

Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
Article (c) Lancashire County Cricket Club 



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