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Keith Barker
Personal information
Date of birth 21 October 1986 (1986-10-21) (age 23)
Place of birth    Manchester, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Blackburn Rovers
Cercle Brugge
St Patrick's Athletic
Northwich Victoria
00 (0)
0? (?)
12 (0)
0? (?)
04 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Keith Barker (born 21 October 1986 in Manchester) is an English first-class cricketer who plays for Warwickshire. He is an all-rounder.

He previously played professional football, where he was a striker. He came through the academy of Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, from whom he was loaned to Rochdale and Cercle Brugge. He subsequently had short spells at St Patrick's Athletic and Northwich Victoria before moving into cricket.


Early life and football

Barker was born in Manchester to Caribbean parents. His father Keith senior played cricket for British Guiana and came over to Britain to be overseas professional for Lancashire league side Enfield Cricket Club in 1965.[1] Barker's godfather is former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd.[2] Barker also played for Enfield and was offered a contract by Lancashire, but he decided to play football with Blackburn Rovers.[2]

In the 2004–05 academy season, Barker scored 17 goals in 27 appearances, making him the under-18 top scorer, as Rovers won the national academy play-offs. He also scored four times in seven Premier Reserve League North appearances. In 2005–06 he scored 4 times in 11 appearances for the reserves, before being loaned to Belgian feeder club Cercle Brugge in January 2006. He never appeared for their first team.

On 31 August 2006 Barker joined League Two side Rochdale on a three-month loan.[3] He scored one goal for the club in 16 appearances, in a Football League Trophy tie with Crewe Alexandra which finished 1–1.

Barker joined Irish club St Patrick's Athletic in July 2007 after being released by Blackburn Rovers. On 3 January 2008 Barker joined Conference National side Northwich Victoria on a free transfer.[4] He made four appearances for the club, all as a substitute.


International career

Barker made one appearance for under 19s against Belgium on 9 February 2005 in a 1–1 draw.


Keith Barker
Personal information
Born 21 October 1986 (1986-10-21) (age 23)
Manchester, England
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left-arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009 – present Warwickshire
Career statistics
Competition LA
Matches 1
Runs scored 28
Batting average 28.00
100s/50s –/–
Top score 28
Balls bowled 60
Wickets 1
Bowling average 47.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/47
Catches/stumpings –/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 April 2009

Barker continued to play for Enfield, where he was spotted by former England coach David Lloyd, whose son also plays for the club.[2] On Lloyd's recommendation he was watched by Warwickshire second Xi coach Keith Piper, and subsequently offered a trial.[5 ] In August 2008 he was signed on a contract until 2010, after impressing in the second team.[6]

On 19 April 2009 Barker made his List A debut for Warwickshire against Somerset at Egbaston. Batting at number 8, he made 28 runs before being bowled by Peter Trego. He then took the wicket of James Hildreth, finishing with figures of 1-47 as Warwickshire lost by 8 wickets.[7]


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