Keith Semple

Full name: Keith Fitzpatrick Semple
Born: 21 Aug 1970, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm medium pace
Teams: Guyana U19 (Var: 1988-1989); Demerara (2in: 1999, 2001); Demerara (LO: 2000); Guyana (FC: 1990-2001); Guyana (ListA: 1993-2000); West Indies (ODI: 1999); All teams
Club: Malteenoes Sports Club, Georgetown
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

KEITH Semple was a stylish right-handed top-order batsman and medium pace bowler who played first-class cricket between 1990 and 2001. He also represented the West Indies in seven One-Day Internationals. He was a wristy player and a sweet timer of the ball who relied on deft placement rather than power to gather runs.

With West Indies cricket in sharp decline in the late 1990's, Semple was one of several players that were selected for West Indies teams based more on their potential than on their actual production.

His talent was first spotted at the Malteenoes Sports Club and his early exploits propelled him into the national youth team in the late 1980s. He scored his first fifty in his second match (64 against Jamaica at the Wanderers ground in Barbados) and his only century at this level in his seventh match (101 against Jamaica at the Everest Cricket Club in Georgetown). While not dominant, his talent was evident.

He remained a permanent fixture in the Guyana senior team for several years after his first class debut in 1990, but was guilty of not converting good starts into sizable scores. As a result, Semple's career batting average of 27.51 was not a true reflection of his talent. His highest first class score was a masterful 142 against Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1994. While under Carl Hooper he was increasingly used as a bowler for Guyana in the regional limited overs contests.

In 1998 Semple toured Bangladesh and India with the West Indies A team. After an unimpressive run in Bangladesh, he scored two fifties in India and took several wickets, bowling medium pace.

Semple was summoned without warning to South Africa in January 1999 for the ODI series to replace an injured player, without much preparation. Unspectacular performances resulted in no further appearances for the West Indies, after which he played two more years of first class cricket for Guyana. After that he played in the Lancashire and Northern Premier leagues for an extended period.

Keith Semple represented Darwen Cricket Club, in the United Kingdom, until 2008. In 2012 he lived in the British Virgin Islands.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SR Ct
Guyana U19 Var 10 16 2 409 101 29.21 1 4 - 7
Demerara Var 3 2 0 83 58 41.50 0 1 - 1
Guyana FC 47 77 5 1805 142 25.06 1 14 - 52
All FC 56 91 7 2311 142 27.51 2 17   60
Guyana List A 42 37 6 865 79 27.90 0 6   12
All List A 54 48 7 1095 79 26.70 0 8   14
West Indies ODI 7 6 0 64 23 10.66 0 0 38.78 2
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Guyana U19 Var 498 28 200 7 3-63 28.57 0 0 0 71.14 2.41
Demerara Var 66 1 30 0 0-4 - 0 0 0 - 2.73
Guyana FC 432 14 166 0 0-2 - - 0 0 - 2.31
All FC 825 29 346 6 2-34 57.66 - 0 0 137.50 2.51
Guyana List A 660 6 383 6 3-13 63.83 0 0 - 110.00 3.48
All List A 984 7 601 11 3-13 54.63 0 0 - 89.45 3.66
West Indies ODI 132 0 121 3 2-35 40.33 0 0 - 44.00 5.50