County news September 23, 2011

Keedy to stay at Lancashire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy has ended speculation over his county future by committing to Lancashire and signing a new contract for play for them next season.

Keedy, 36, had been contemplating a move to Warwickshire, who had offered him a three-year deal, but will now stay with the county for whom he has played since 1995.

"There has been a lot of speculation recently, but I am delighted to say I will be representing Lancashire next season," confirmed Keedy, who was Lancashire's leading wicket-taker in their successful run to the Championship title with 61 scalps at 23.63.

Keedy also played a vital role as a senior member of the Lancashire side who ended the county's 77-year wait for Championship silverware.

He picked up five wickets in the first innings of Lancashire's penultimate match of the season against Hampshire before another left-arm spinner, Simon Kerrigan, took centre stage, and indeed it was Keedy's direct-hit run out - the first in his 17-year career - that ended Somerset's innings at Taunton to set up Lancashire's title-securing run chase.