Gary Keedy To Get Lancashire Benefit In 2009

Lancashire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce that Gary Keedy has been awarded a Benefit in 2009. 33-year-old, Keedy arrived at Lancashire from Yorkshire in 1995 and was awarded his County Cap in 2000. For the past 14 seasons, Gary has been a loyal and dedicated member of the playing staff, during which time he has made over 200 first team appearances. Keedy has taken 499 wickets at an average of 31.76 in first-class cricket (correct as of today’s date) and although not known for his batting, has made some valuable and memorable contributions over the years. In an era when England have not exactly been blessed with spin bowling options, Gary can consider himself unlucky not to have had an opportunity in the Test team. On making this announcement, Club Chairman Michael Cairns said: “The club is officially recognising the long and outstanding service, to both Lancashire and to local sport, by rewarding Gary with a richly deserved Benefit Year in 2009.” Commenting on Keedy, Lancashire’s Chief Executive Jim Cumbes said: “Some people might find it ironic that Lancashire is rewarding a Yorkshireman for outstanding service, but it would be very hard to find a better clubman in sport. Gary has been a huge asset to Lancashire both on and off the field. His professionalism and dedication is unwavering, and he is a firm favourite with both members and supporters. We hope this will be a successful year for Gary and he receives the support of cricket followers and members alike.” Keedy said: “It’s a huge honour to be awarded with a benefit season and I would like to thank Lancashire for this humbling acknowledgement. Since I joined in 1995, I have been lucky to play with some extremely talented cricketers, so receiving this honour makes me feel very privileged. I am fortunate to have some great memories since I joined the club and hope that there will be many more to come.” © Lancashire CCC
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