Keogh awaits late fitness test for Beds

BEDFORDSHIRE are waiting for a late fitness check on Rob Keogh before finalising their side to take on Dorset in the MCCA Trophy at Dunstable Town’s Lancot Park ground at Totternhoe on Sunday.

Thursday, 26th May 2011, 7:16 am

The Dunstable-born all-rounder, who is now on the Northamptonshire staff, is struggling with a back injury but is hoping to be fit.

Keogh scored 78 in Beds’ remarkable win over Oxfordshire two weeks ago which kept alive their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the competition.

He also bowled eight overs of spin and if he isn’t fit for Sunday’s game, Beds will bring in Ampthill off-spinner Chris Esh instead of another batsman.

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If Keogh recovers, Beds will make just one change with former Bedford Modern School batsman George Thurstance, who missed the win at Banbury because he was required by Cardiff University, coming in for Oliver Swann.

Teenage all-rounder George Bacon has again been picked by Nottinghamshire’s second XI so Martin Weightman keeps his place.

Dorset are currently bottom of the group so Beds will be looking for another win which would put them in the box seat to qualify along with leaders Herefordshire, their opponents in the final round of fixtures a week on Sunday.

At the moment Beds have one win under their belts, the same as Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, who meet at North Mymms on Sunday.

The game at Dunstable starts at 11am and the selected Beds side is Ollie Clayson, Keogh, Dan Simpson, Steve Stubbings, Thurstance, Andy Reynoldson, George Arblaster, Weightman, Colin Griggs, Andy McGarry and Will Sneath.