Keith Newell spent four years with Glamorgan, at a time when the Welsh county appeared in a Lord’s Final and won the One-Day League.
The all-rounder joined Glamorgan in 1999 after five years on the Sussex staff, having previously been on the MCC groundstaff at Lord’s. Keith subsequently made his first-class debut in 1995, and during that summer he also made a career best 135 against the touring West Indians at Hove. He subsequently became a regular member of Sussex`s one day team, and on several occasions played alongside his brother Mark, who also played for Sussex from 1996 until 1998.
Keith made his Glamorgan debut on the Welsh county`s tour to South Africa in 1998/99, and a match-winning half-century in the day-night contest with Lancashire led to his inclusion in the Glamorgan side at the start of the 1999 season. He subsequently made some useful contributions, particularly in the one-day games, and during the second half of the 2000 season, he became the county`s opening batsman in one-day games. During the Nat West Trophy matches, Keith hit 129 against Dorset, before posting a match-winning 62* against Kent.
A pair of attractive half centuries in National League games against Hampshire and Essex confirmed Newell`s abilities as a free scoring batsman, and he played some useful innings in one-day games in 2001 as Glamorgan won Division Two of the Norwich Union League. Keith also posted a maiden Championship hundred for Glamorgan at Northampton, but the following year he lost his place in Glamorgan`s one-day side in 2002, as well as their four-day line-up and he was subsequently released at the end of the season.
Since leaving the professional game, Keith was the Manager of the Indoor School at Sophia Gardens, before becoming Cricket Manager at High Wycombe CC. In recent times, he has also been master in charge of cricket at St. Benedict’s School in Ealing.
Born – Crawley, 25th March 1972.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 103 v Northamptonshire at Northampton, 2001; 2/15 v Worcestershire at New Road, 1999.
In List A cricket – 129 v Dorset at Bournemouth, 2000; 3/32 v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, 2000.