County news October 12, 2012

Keedy leaves Lancashire for Surrey

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Surrey have signed Gary Keedy, the left-arm spinner, from Lancashire on a two-year deal. Keedy, 37, has been at Old Trafford since 1995, but has increasingly found first team opportunities limited due to the emergence of fellow left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan.

Surrey and Warwickshire had expressed an interest in Keedy at the end of 2011, but after he chose to remain with Lancashire he played just four Championship games in the 2012 season.

Wakefield-born Keedy left Yorkshire at the end of 1994, was capped by Lancashire in 2000, named their player of the year after taking 72 Champions wickets in 2004, awarded a benefit in 2009 and was leading wicket-taker - with 61 dismissals - as Lancashire won the County Championship title in 2011. He has claimed 50 wickets in a first-class season four times.

The arrival of Keedy at The Oval is the latest stage in the rebuilding process of the Surrey squad. With the side having lost the spine of their batting unit in recent months - Mark Ramprakash, Tom Maynard and Rory Hamilton-Brown - the club's director of cricket, Chris Adams, has been obliged to shuffle his resources. He has already brought in Vikram Solanki, 36, from Worcestershire, while the signing of Keedy is a sure sign that Adams is looking for more experience in the squad. Keedy has taken 656 first-class wickets and is a veteran of 90 List A and 72 T20 matches.

The arrival of two men in their mid to late 30s will cause consternation among some, though. Surrey already have 37-year-olds Zander de Bruyn and Jon Lewis as well as 34-year-old Gareth Batty on their staff which suggests that, unless several of the young players develop considerably, the club could face yet another rebuilding operation in a couple of years. The club have also released Chris Jordan and Matthew Spriegel, of whom they had high hopes a few years ago.

The arrival of an experienced spin bowler increases the possibility of Surrey signing a batsman as overseas player in future seasons. Surrey have signed Indian left-arm spinners Murali Kartik and Pragyan Ojha as overseas players over the last two years, but the arrival of Keedy to boost a spin attack already containing offspinner Batty and young left-arm spinners Zafar Ansari and Freddie van den Bergh, leaves Surrey well stocked in that department. The club have already approached South Africa opening batsman Graeme Smith with a view to attracting him to The Oval on a long-term deal.

"I have had a fantastic 18 seasons at Lancashire and would like to thank all the players, staff and members there for everything they have done for me," said Keedy. "Winning the County Championship in 2011 was an incredible moment for both the club and myself and one that will stay with me forever.

"However, I have reached the time in my career when I need to move on in order to fulfil my ambitions and I am very excited to be joining Surrey at this time. They are a great club with a long history and an exciting future and I am really looking to playing my part over the next few seasons."

Lancashire's director of cricket Mike Watkinson added: "Gary has been a fantastic servant to Lancashire over many seasons, both on and off the field. At Lancashire we have up and coming spinners Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley all looking to stake a claim and with Gary being at the latter end of his playing career he wants the opportunity of playing as much cricket as possible.

"Gary asked our permission to look at other options and he goes with our best wishes. We would like to thank him for his outstanding service to the club and we wish him well with his future endeavours."

Surrey's director of cricket, Chris Adams, said: "Gary Keedy has been one of the leading bowlers in county cricket for over a decade and I am delighted he will be joining us for the next two seasons. As well as his fantastic ability with the ball, he will play a valuable role in the dressing room throughout the year helping to impart his experience to the younger members of our squad."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • InsideHedge on October 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @forestfan59: (1) The article doesn't have to be about Notts for me to mention them as long as my comment is relevant. Since I'm the judge and jury here, I say it was relevant. (2) I'm not in the least jealous as my team is the one that won the Championship in 2012 :) Instead, I pity Notts, they signed half the Leics squad at the end of last season, always looking to buy success rather than nurture it. (3) My sympathies are with you tho as I see you also support a rather laughable football outfit. Cheep up '59, it's not all that bad, I reckon you might just avoid relegation - both codes!

  • bumsonseats on October 12, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    adrain im not sure i like the club in decline comment. from winners in 2011 to granted a poor showing last year. i expect lancs to make a swift return to div 1

  • JG2704 on October 12, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Seems a strange move. Keedy always seemed to me to be a Lancs man through and through. Also re Surrey , they seemed to be getting a nice little youth production line in place and now they seem to be going the other way.

  • on October 12, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Makes sense to me, both for Surrey and Lancs. Youngsters Parry and Kerrigan now get mores games for Lancashire and Surrey needed a second Spinner while their youngsters develop. I would have liked either wrist spinner Waller or Beer to make a move like this as they are not developing at their Counties while they get no FC Cricket.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on October 12, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Good luck to Keedy, who has been a fine player, but this is a sad indication of how now cricket exists on the basis of a football-style transfer system, with rich clubs creaming off experienced ready-made professionals from clubs in decline rather than having confidence in their own developing players. Ansari in particular has a right not to feel too happy about what this move says about how much (or how little) his club values him.

  • 200ondebut on October 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Disappointing. ECB told us 12 years ago that the national side was at the top of a pyramid. Not sure now how Surrey fit into this pyramid if they are just going to be a home for pensioners. If they have to make decisions like this then this points to there being too many 1st class counties -and not enough talented young players to fill the sides.

  • on October 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    been a great servant to LCCC, good luck Gary

  • forestfan59 on October 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @InsideHedge

    What has this article got to do with Notts? Are you jealous your team cannot afford to sign the players that we can? We signed Shahzad to replace Pattinson who would have had to be an overseas player next year. All teams try to sign the best available players. The only accusation you can level at us is that we should be in the top two not 5th. with the squad we have. I cannot argue with you there!

  • thebeardedblunder on October 12, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    allblue-nice one! You got anymore like that?

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 12, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    It is sometimes quite hard to see where Surrey are going as there are so many changes. Obviously some cannot be avoided but with a rapid turnover the club loses its identity somewhat. Certainly I hope none of the youngsters there move on as they could be a good backbone in two years.It's okay bringing in older players only so long as the rest develope as they should. But in cases like Jon Lewis, though a good player, it was noticeable that Linley missed out because of his presence, and Linley had taken 73 wickets in the previous season.Also there is a qualitative difference between a 40 yr old like Mark Ramprakash and most others. Keedy is actually a very respected player and as a spinner could go on for a while. But what surrey really need is a few players 26-32. Finally Smith going to the Oval was I suspect a fantasy. Who cares? It could have been more controversial than helpful.

  • InsideHedge on October 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @forestfan59: (1) The article doesn't have to be about Notts for me to mention them as long as my comment is relevant. Since I'm the judge and jury here, I say it was relevant. (2) I'm not in the least jealous as my team is the one that won the Championship in 2012 :) Instead, I pity Notts, they signed half the Leics squad at the end of last season, always looking to buy success rather than nurture it. (3) My sympathies are with you tho as I see you also support a rather laughable football outfit. Cheep up '59, it's not all that bad, I reckon you might just avoid relegation - both codes!

  • bumsonseats on October 12, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    adrain im not sure i like the club in decline comment. from winners in 2011 to granted a poor showing last year. i expect lancs to make a swift return to div 1

  • JG2704 on October 12, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Seems a strange move. Keedy always seemed to me to be a Lancs man through and through. Also re Surrey , they seemed to be getting a nice little youth production line in place and now they seem to be going the other way.

  • on October 12, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Makes sense to me, both for Surrey and Lancs. Youngsters Parry and Kerrigan now get mores games for Lancashire and Surrey needed a second Spinner while their youngsters develop. I would have liked either wrist spinner Waller or Beer to make a move like this as they are not developing at their Counties while they get no FC Cricket.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on October 12, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Good luck to Keedy, who has been a fine player, but this is a sad indication of how now cricket exists on the basis of a football-style transfer system, with rich clubs creaming off experienced ready-made professionals from clubs in decline rather than having confidence in their own developing players. Ansari in particular has a right not to feel too happy about what this move says about how much (or how little) his club values him.

  • 200ondebut on October 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Disappointing. ECB told us 12 years ago that the national side was at the top of a pyramid. Not sure now how Surrey fit into this pyramid if they are just going to be a home for pensioners. If they have to make decisions like this then this points to there being too many 1st class counties -and not enough talented young players to fill the sides.

  • on October 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    been a great servant to LCCC, good luck Gary

  • forestfan59 on October 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @InsideHedge

    What has this article got to do with Notts? Are you jealous your team cannot afford to sign the players that we can? We signed Shahzad to replace Pattinson who would have had to be an overseas player next year. All teams try to sign the best available players. The only accusation you can level at us is that we should be in the top two not 5th. with the squad we have. I cannot argue with you there!

  • thebeardedblunder on October 12, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    allblue-nice one! You got anymore like that?

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 12, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    It is sometimes quite hard to see where Surrey are going as there are so many changes. Obviously some cannot be avoided but with a rapid turnover the club loses its identity somewhat. Certainly I hope none of the youngsters there move on as they could be a good backbone in two years.It's okay bringing in older players only so long as the rest develope as they should. But in cases like Jon Lewis, though a good player, it was noticeable that Linley missed out because of his presence, and Linley had taken 73 wickets in the previous season.Also there is a qualitative difference between a 40 yr old like Mark Ramprakash and most others. Keedy is actually a very respected player and as a spinner could go on for a while. But what surrey really need is a few players 26-32. Finally Smith going to the Oval was I suspect a fantasy. Who cares? It could have been more controversial than helpful.

  • Munkeymomo on October 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    pfft. Surrey have lost the plot (no disrespec to Keedy, fine player, but not long left to play). Nice to see Chris Adams making bad decisions though, can't stand that man. Surely Surrey have talented young'uns in the club leagues.

  • InsideHedge on October 12, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Seems to me that Surrey will *NOT* offer a contract to Murali Kartik, instead they'll look for an overseas batsman. Both Surrey and Notts are like scavengers, they will look to sign anyone and everyone, I hope both are fighting for relegation next year.

  • Juiceoftheapple on October 12, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Not sure why this is being questioned so much. We have the same thing down at Taunton. 3 Highly promising young spinners (Dockrell, Waller and Leach) who all do really well in one day cricket but who haven't yet quite got the control and experience to bowl CC long tight spells AND win matches on the 3rd or 4th days (hence Rehman was signed). Given a year or two the youngsters will hopefully be ready (as Lancs now believe Kerrigan is). Real shames Kartik will be without a job, reeeeal shame.

  • on October 12, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Steven Nicholson - Keedy is a replacement for Kartik so they can sign an overseas batsman instead.

    Dangaganga - Surely Burns will play irrespective of whether or not an overseas opener is signed.

    Brusselslion - Carberry is under contract at Hampshire.

  • allblue on October 12, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I hear a rumour that Surrey are going to let OAPs in to their games for free next season - as long as they bring their kit!

  • Harvey on October 12, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @Barkers, there are plenty of young talented cricketers in both Surrey and the UK. It's just that the ones at Surrey have to change counties if they want to develop. As for the signing of Keedy, I wonder what kind of pitches we can expect at The Oval next season? Now let me see...

  • thebeardedblunder on October 12, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Surrey C.C.C. You may as well change your name to Old-timers X1 or something! Maybe the manufacturers of Zimmer frames would be interested in sponsoring you before long! No, joking apart, a shrewd signing I reckon, that's if Surrey give Keedy plenty of First X1 games-he's a proven matchwinner. So good luck to you son, I hope you get 50 Championship wickets. Spinners are like a jolly good bottle of wine-they get better with age! Power to the oldies I say! I'd love to see somebody in their late forties, or even getting to fifty, still playing the First class game-or maybe i'm just a foolish old romantic!

  • CricketingStargazer on October 12, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Surrey seem to be signing anyone and everyone! This is a fairly baffling signing though in what is already a bowler-heavy squad. As they saw with Mark Ramprakhash, the temptation to give an ageing star just one more season (or, in this case, two) does not always bear fruit. With Jon Lewis already a fixture, Surrey could field a rather senior XI.

  • on October 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    is a strange signing, i understand it from Lancashire/Keedy's point of view, Lancs already have a few decent young spinners plus with relegation the wage bill needs to be cut and Gary Keedy gets 1 last pay day before he retires but it makes no sense for Surrey, will he actually play much? Gareth Batty i assume will be their 1st choice spinner, if Murali Kartik signs for another season he'll be in the team aswell and when ever i've watched Surrey on TV i've been impressed by Ansari who surely deserves the change to get a full season in the 1st team. why are Surrey stock piling so many players? it makes no sense unless their number 1 aim for 2013 is to win the 2nd XI championship? a county with the history of Surrey shouldn't need to bring in players from other counties unless the standard of club cricket has dropped.

  • DangaGanga on October 12, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Brusselslion - Burns averages 45.64 surely thats good reason for him to open in every championship match, the only reason i cant see him opening is if GSmith signs terms.

  • DangaGanga on October 12, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I dont understand how this will benefit Surrey in the long run! Surely they should play their young spinners against the weaker teams and develop them that way? Just thinking aloud!

  • bumsonseats on October 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    well hes been a great servant to lancs, but still another leaving. at his age and with the spin resources that we have its not to bad. i was sorry when the season ended with PM saying he did not think to many changes to the squad were needed, which was not my opinion. the squad is probably strong enough to gain promotion, but we do need to improve the strength of the squad overall. perhaps 12 month on monies will be found to add additional players. i hope we will not have one of the best stadiums with not the team to match it. its hard when teams like Notts,War and Surrey have bought to strengthen their squads. lancs should be doing similar.

  • brusselslion on October 12, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Don't get this signing at all. Definitely not one for the future. Moreover, outside of the Oval, for championship matches we probably won't have a genuine need to have 2 spinners in the side. Why not give Ansari the chance? Definite need for an experienced batsman. Probably an opener; Burns and Harinth are promising but I wouldn't expect them to play every Championship match. Carbery anyone?)

  • Barkers on October 12, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Are there no young talented cricketers in Surrey or the UK?

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  • Barkers on October 12, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Are there no young talented cricketers in Surrey or the UK?

  • brusselslion on October 12, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Don't get this signing at all. Definitely not one for the future. Moreover, outside of the Oval, for championship matches we probably won't have a genuine need to have 2 spinners in the side. Why not give Ansari the chance? Definite need for an experienced batsman. Probably an opener; Burns and Harinth are promising but I wouldn't expect them to play every Championship match. Carbery anyone?)

  • bumsonseats on October 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    well hes been a great servant to lancs, but still another leaving. at his age and with the spin resources that we have its not to bad. i was sorry when the season ended with PM saying he did not think to many changes to the squad were needed, which was not my opinion. the squad is probably strong enough to gain promotion, but we do need to improve the strength of the squad overall. perhaps 12 month on monies will be found to add additional players. i hope we will not have one of the best stadiums with not the team to match it. its hard when teams like Notts,War and Surrey have bought to strengthen their squads. lancs should be doing similar.

  • DangaGanga on October 12, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I dont understand how this will benefit Surrey in the long run! Surely they should play their young spinners against the weaker teams and develop them that way? Just thinking aloud!

  • DangaGanga on October 12, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Brusselslion - Burns averages 45.64 surely thats good reason for him to open in every championship match, the only reason i cant see him opening is if GSmith signs terms.

  • on October 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    is a strange signing, i understand it from Lancashire/Keedy's point of view, Lancs already have a few decent young spinners plus with relegation the wage bill needs to be cut and Gary Keedy gets 1 last pay day before he retires but it makes no sense for Surrey, will he actually play much? Gareth Batty i assume will be their 1st choice spinner, if Murali Kartik signs for another season he'll be in the team aswell and when ever i've watched Surrey on TV i've been impressed by Ansari who surely deserves the change to get a full season in the 1st team. why are Surrey stock piling so many players? it makes no sense unless their number 1 aim for 2013 is to win the 2nd XI championship? a county with the history of Surrey shouldn't need to bring in players from other counties unless the standard of club cricket has dropped.

  • CricketingStargazer on October 12, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Surrey seem to be signing anyone and everyone! This is a fairly baffling signing though in what is already a bowler-heavy squad. As they saw with Mark Ramprakhash, the temptation to give an ageing star just one more season (or, in this case, two) does not always bear fruit. With Jon Lewis already a fixture, Surrey could field a rather senior XI.

  • thebeardedblunder on October 12, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Surrey C.C.C. You may as well change your name to Old-timers X1 or something! Maybe the manufacturers of Zimmer frames would be interested in sponsoring you before long! No, joking apart, a shrewd signing I reckon, that's if Surrey give Keedy plenty of First X1 games-he's a proven matchwinner. So good luck to you son, I hope you get 50 Championship wickets. Spinners are like a jolly good bottle of wine-they get better with age! Power to the oldies I say! I'd love to see somebody in their late forties, or even getting to fifty, still playing the First class game-or maybe i'm just a foolish old romantic!

  • Harvey on October 12, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @Barkers, there are plenty of young talented cricketers in both Surrey and the UK. It's just that the ones at Surrey have to change counties if they want to develop. As for the signing of Keedy, I wonder what kind of pitches we can expect at The Oval next season? Now let me see...

  • allblue on October 12, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I hear a rumour that Surrey are going to let OAPs in to their games for free next season - as long as they bring their kit!