Full Name

Keith John Piper

Born

December 18, 1969, Leicester

Age

51y 303d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

TEAMS

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.
George Dobell

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC200275444618116*19.9921450436
List A2371275997038*14.260025153
T2062211*-1100.00000031
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC200346011/5760.0010.5834.0000
List A237000-----000
T206------------

Photos


Keith Piper
Keith Piper portrait
Andy Flower with a reverse sweep as keeper Piper can only look on
Dougie Brown gets a hug from Keith Piper
Andrew Pratt is stumped by Keith Piper in the battle of the keepers
Keith Piper informal portrait, NL, 2001