1953 - 2014

Outcasts Cricket Club Career

335 Appearances, 2916 Runs from 241 innings at 15.68. Highest Score 125 not out.
1190.4 Overs, 144 Maidens, 277 Wickets at 16.41 and an economy of 3.82. Best Bowling 6 wickets for 8 runs.
Silver Boot winner 1989 and 1992. Golden Duck award 2002.
Winner of the Outcasts Golf Day 2010 and 2011.
Founder members of Outcasts Cricket Club and long standing Social Secretary.
Outcasts C.C. learned of Keith's tragic death on Monday 24th March 2014.
Keith will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him and especially by Outcasts Cricket Club.
This page is dedicated to  his memory and visitors are invited to leave messages and memories in Keith's honour.

Scroll down the page to see the guest book messages already posted

We recently received an email from Keith's family - it reads :-
"Dear Friends of Keith
Keith's family  would like to thank you all for the generous contributions made in memory of Keith to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Donations received in fact amounted to £1226.25. after a further £100(+£25 gift aid) came from the Outcasts when a member donated cricket gear to the club. The donations will make a real difference to those living with the disease.  We are sure Keith would appreciate your kindness.

Keith's ashes are now interred in the memorial garden at St Chad's Church, Romiley.

A postscript 12 months on :

Almost 12 months to the first anniversary of Keith's death, the individual who was found responsible for this tragedy was given a custodial sentence. 

There have subsequently been two on-line reports which appeared in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. These can be found via the following links:


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Name: Paul Graveling
Date: 29 Mar 2014 20:45:15 GMT

Comment: We will remember Keith as we knew him in life.That is as a completely reliable friend highly committed to any cause to which he gave himself, and widely respected for his skills and ethical standing. For most of us that meant cricket and the Outcasts. I donít think you will find any of his colleagues would disagree. The Outcasts are a close knit and long standing social group. Keith will always be part of that and I donít think we should loosen our bond with him because he is no longer with us.

Name: Peter Taylor
Date: 29 Mar 2014 21:40:14 GMT 

Comment: I learned of this shocking news earlier today and, like all of us I'm sure, I just feel numbed. Keith was an example to us all in learning how to cope with adversity, and he bore his increasing physical burden with typical good humour and stoic attitude. It seems horribly ironic that such a fate should befall him, given how manfully he was trying to come to terms with the condition that had afflicted him. The Outcasts 'family' will ensure that the right things are said and done.

Name: Les Cooper
Date: 29 Mar 2014 21:52:20 GMT

Comment: Keith was a valued friend and colleague in the Outcasts family. I first encountered Keith (as with most of the Outcasts) as an opponent and I found him to be a talented and formidable cricketer. Later as a colleague with Outcasts he was a delight to have in the team and he contributed in a way that made him a reliable talent both on and off the field of play. His playing record is second to none. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in Peace Keith.

Name: Steve Ramsden
Date: 9 May 23:28:00 GMT

Comment: Keith was a true friend and a stalwart team-mate.You could rely on him completely, on the field and off.He was also a terrific travel companion.He went on every day out,all the foreign jaunts, on every Lakes trip, and was generous with invites to his caravan in Northumberland.I shall remember him best going up a Lake District path. He usually wanted to go a bit higher up the mountain or further down the road, but never forgot the drinks and the meal afterwards.

Name: Eric Shufflebotham
Date: 11 May 09:36:12 GMT

Comment: A work colleague, a taxi driver (for me in the early days), a sportsman, an outdoor enthusiast, the fastest narrowboat driver in the west, a roommate, the list goes on, but above all a thoroughly decent bloke who will be very sadly missed. Keith - it was a great pleasure to have shared your company - RIP

Name: Patrick Noone
   Date: 15 May 2014 09:25:37 GMT

Comment: I didn't know Keith that well but he always took the time to say 'hello' and ask how things were whenever I turned out for the team . It was clear how popular and important he was to the outcasts story . R.I.P Keith .

Name: David Buckle
Date: 16 May 2014 16:16:05 GMT

Comment: Keith was a great bloke who was unfailingly courteous and friendly. I can't ever recall Keith having a bad word to say about anyone. He will be sorely missed. We will remember him on the summer tour in Dorset but we won't let his passing spoil the weekend - Keith would have hated that

Name: Peter Taylor
Date: 17 May 2014 23:56:04 GMT

Comment: Here's a little story which will be familiar to the Outcasts' euro-travellers and which encapsulates Keith's adventurous nature. At a very typical Brussels eatery where I suspect we were the only tourists, Keith placed an order which both appalled yet fascinated the rest of us - 'Eels in green sauce'. He wouldn't be dissuaded from this dubious choice and proceeded to steadily demolish the odd-looking plateful in front of him. Even the stern Madame looked impressed. 'Hmm, not sure I'd order that again', said Keith - but sure enough, he'd eaten every scrap of it.

Name: Shahid Kaleem
Date: 12 Jun 2014 12:54:37 GMT

Comment: After coming back and getting the news of loosing our best members in the squad. I felt very sad. I remember all the matches where Keith was a keen observer, a helper and focused. Such people always leave good memories to remember them as a fresh air from the past.

Name: Simon Arbon
Date: 11 Aug 2014 16:43:53 GMT

Comment: I was never a cricketer but I first met Keith at Reading University. Our hall of residence had a long corridor at the end of which was a narrow radiator, used as the wicket. The ball was a squash ball and Keith was untouchable at improvised indoor cricket! We also shared several walking and mountaineering trips whilst at Reading and Keith was a fine cyclist as well. A true gentleman and all round sportsman, someone I will forever feel it was an absolute privilege to know.

Name: Colin Wood
Date: 6 Nov 2014 11:55:49 GMT

Comment: I doubt you'd find anyone who has a harsh word to say about Keith Ambrey. He was a loyal friend, a good companion, a trusted work colleague, a fine cricketer, and a genuinely all-round nice guy. It was a pleasure and a privilege to count him as a friend. I'd be delighted and honoured if he felt the same about me. RIP Keith.

Name: Peter Carrahar
Date: 25 Mar 2015 11:41:35 GMT

Comment: I cannot speak highly enough of Keith who was an outstandingly kind, generous and gentle giant.He was a great "step-Dad" and loved by all my family. We will never forget him.We really appreciate this tribute page from his great cricketing friends. Thank you for your friendship and support during the 12 months since his tragic death. Rest in Peace our Keith

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