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Full name Keith John Piper
Born December 18, 1969, Leicester
Current age 45 years 103 days
Major teams Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Glamorgan at Birmingham, Apr 13-16, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1989|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Apr 17, 2005 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Birmingham, Jul 12, 2004 scorecard|
A keeper with outstanding natural gifts, Keith Piper was a key figure in the golden age of Warwickshire cricket. He helped them win an unprecedented treble in 1994, the double the following season and, when Brian Lara recorded his historic innings of 501 at Edgbaston in 1994, Piper was at the other end making an accomplished century of his own.
So impressed was Lara by Piper's talents that he tried to persuade him to qualify for West Indies. But it was not to be.
And perhaps, had his batting been more reliable, he might have graduated to international cricket. But in in an era dominated by Alec Stewart and Jack Russell, Piper had to be content with a place on two England A tours.
His skills with the gloves never deserted him, but did not help himself in the battle for international recognition with his lifestyle choices. After serving a drugs ban in 1997, he tested positive for cannabis in the opening round of matches in 2005, an episode that effectively ended his career. He retired at the end of the season and became Warwickshire's Second XI coach before taking voluntary redundancy at the end of 2008.
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