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Full name Keith John Piper
Born December 18, 1969, Leicester
Current age 44 years 222 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 natural gloveman with an eye for the spectacular, Keith Piper was a Warwickshire stalwart for 16 years, a period that included the club's mighty achievements in the early 1990s, when they won the County Championship title in 1994 and an unprecedented treble the following season. He went on two England A tours, but in an era dominated by Alec Stewart and Jack Russell, senior international cricket eluded Piper, although in truth his batting, with an average in the high-teens, was never really up to the modern-day standards. His off-the-field life was rather too hedonistic as well. After serving a drugs ban in 1997, he tested positive for cannabis in the opening round of matches in 2005, after returning to the game following an 18-month injury hiatus. 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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