Yorkhull CC

'One day it will be Dr Keith Shaw such is the erudition of this man'. This was said in 1988 and now its Professor Keith Shaw. His understanding of such thinkers as Polantzas, Castells and Althusser is without equal on  the tour. It is remarkable just how he has been able to utilise this learning is approach to his cricket, no one could understand a word he says.
 KEITH SHAW was born March 17, 1958 in Alnwick, Northumberland, an inauspicious start for a cricketer. Local playgroup readers remember him as a three-year-old disputing decisions about ring-a-ring-of-roses. When 11 he first played cricket for Amble Seconds in D division of the Northumberland League. You can imagine his remarks to the one-armed war veteran who caught him out for nought. This was a lad noone would forget. Representative honours began at 15 when he played cricket for Northumberland Schools under 15 and then the u19s. He also represented north of England schools and had an ESCA trial.
In 1976 he spent some time at Pocklington Public School. It is when you realise his education that you can understand his cultured approach to batting, his stiff upper lip and English reserve. It all makes sense. Perhaps the greatest legacy of public school coaching would be his immaculate straight bat which over the years has remained a firm favorite in many a Yorkhull crisis.
 The grittiness and determination also associated with Keith certainly would more than likely have come from League Cricket where he searched the north-east looking for a Captain prepared to deliver defensive field placings for his lob bowling. Alnwick in the Northumberland league, Sunderland in the Durham league back again to Backworth in the Northumberland league then Benwell Hill have been his staging posts. Keith also represented the League Representative 11 and Northumberland Cricket Association. Upon cricketing retirement Keith naturally became a key member of the discipinary committee determined to stamp out the kind of behaviour he himself had demonstrated throutout his own career.
 Keith was a sickly child. Few people felt he would last into adulthood and every year sees a battle against numerous ailments. When he came to Hull in 1976 he struggled to gain acceptance selected, but not bowled or batted in his first year. But his obvious qualities got into the side and he was the premier allrounder by the time Hull reach the final of the UAU competition in 1979.
 It it is with Yorkhull that Keith demonstrated his ability most clearly. He has made an enormous contribution to the quality of the team performances. His batting has been superb,  a solid rock in many games. He holds many records. Whocould forget that year in 1980 ing his bad calling at Morecambe in 1987 when he ran the skipper out just 84 runs short of a maiden hundred. As a bowler being second only to Sid in wickets taken is a creditable record. He always liked to attack the batting and has to be persuaded not to have three slips and the gully + two short legs. He is never one to question decisions, nor pass he hasis added greatly to the quiet  culture of the club.
 Without doubt, he has given much pleasure with his batting and bowling and he was a vital cog in that wheel we know as Yorkhull CC. He remains chirpy, relaxed, good humoured and very funny. It is a pleasure to have a second professor on tour, as always trying to live up to his mentor, Professor Senior.