Arise Sir Keats! Batsman renowned for going down on one knee set to get his 100th cap for King’s Road

Well done Jamie Keating!

The burly all-rounder will hit a ton this weekend – a ton of matches that is, probably not runs.

Croydon boy Jamie, nicknamed The Bear, was set to make his 100th appearance for King’s Road, making him the first Orange Cap to do so, against the Albamorphics.

But that match was called off because of rain so Keats could pass 100 against the London Itinerants on Saturday or a rearranged Albamorphics match on Sunday.

Jamie joined the club as a fresh-faced teenager in the early days after spotted by King’s Road scout Leon Watson while both were playing for the Five Bells pub.

Leon has since given up scouting or players forever. Jamie’s favourite – in fact only – shot is the patented down on one knee smash, for which Jamie has a 50 per cent success rate.

Since his debut the hard-hitting Jamie has scored 769 runs for the club with a highest score of 57 not out, against the London Itinerants.

And with his loopy spinners Jamie has sent down 281 overs, 16 of which were maidens, and taken 71 wickets an average of 25.

Jamie’s best bowling figures are 3 for 10, and his favourite batsmen are the Battersea Badgers Pete Jinks and Chris Shone, who he has dismissed three times each.

In 2010 he won the club’s Most Improved award and has also served on the club committee as social secretary and tour manager.

Among his memorable quotes were: “I don’t need this shit!” after getting out against the Badgers.

So keep it up Keats, let’s get plenty more runs and wickets during your next 100 games.

Author: Leon Watson

Terrifyingly fast with the ball in hand and famously flamboyant with the bat, Leon is without doubt The Road’s greatest ever player. His stellar career has yielded more than 1,000 runs and several million wickets. However, but for a series of shocking LBW decisions against him and the butter-fingered ineptness of his colleagues in the field, there would surely have been more

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