Keogh wants more of the action

County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton  Northants cricket friendly - Steelbacks A v Steelbacks B.'Rob Keogh and Ben Duckett.

County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton Northants cricket friendly - Steelbacks A v Steelbacks B.'Rob Keogh and Ben Duckett.

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Rob Keogh has had a taste of first-team action and he wants some more.

The 20-year-old batting all-rounder appeared for the Steelbacks in their last two Friends Life t20 outings at Taunton and Edgbaston.

And he has his sights set on playing a more significant role as the competition’s group stage progresses.

He said: “It’s good to finally break into the side and hopefully I can stay in there.

“It’s a good chance for me to show what I can do and while I haven’t had the chance to bat yet, that will come.”

Keogh has yet to get to the middle and has bowled a solitary over in his two appearances but one thing that has stood out has been the quality of his fielding.

In the shortest form of the game, a side’s outfielding can make the difference and Keogh feels this is an are where he can come to the fore.

He added: “You have to spend the majority of your time in the field and it’s something that I work hard at.

“The 10 or 15 runs that you can save are runs that you don’t have to score and that is what I aim for.”

Once the Twenty20 finishes, Keogh’s attentions will turn to breaking into the County Championship line-up – he is yet to make his first class debut – and its Clydesdale Bank40 equivalent.

And he knows that will only come about if he maintains his good form for the seconds and for Stony Stratford in the NCL Premier Division.

“I’ve been going well in the league and then took that form into the seconds,” he said.

“With such a small squad like we’ve got there will always be injuries.

“It’s up to me to keep scoring runs and hopefully I will get a chance to play some more in the first team.”