Fleetwood will see the return of South African run machine Keegan Armstrong for their 2021 Northern Premier League campaign.

Dual Passport run churner

Armstrong is a British Passport holding wicket-keeper batsman playing for Pirates Cricket Club in the top tier of the Gauteng Premier League in Johannesburg, following his move mid-way through the 2017/18 season from the University of Pretoria (Tuks) Cricket Club.

Armstrong joined Tuks Academy in 2014 and enjoyed plenty of success before his move to Johannesburg, averaging 39.57 (2016/17) and 42.20 (2017/18) over his two seasons. During his time in the academy, he trained under the guidance of notable coaches including Aldin Smith, Pierre de Bruyn, Andre Nel, Chris van Noordwyk and Cobus Pienaar.

Prior to joining the Academy, he represented his school, Marist Brothers Linmeyer, playing 1st XI cricket from 2010 to 2013. Armstrong also played for Johannesburg South regional teams in 2010, 2012, and 2013, whilst playing senior club cricket for Gauteng Premier League club Alberton.

Keegan posing at Heywood CC during our CricX XI v Icon Sports XI match in 2019.

LPL Superman

More recently, Armstrong has also been a key performer for Soviet Sporting Superman in the Lenasia Premier League (LPL).

He played for the under 21 side in 2014 and was the captain in 2015. During the 2014 LPL season, he also played for tournament victors, Soviet Sporting Superman 1st XI, playing alongside internationally capped players Dwaine Pretorius and Hardus Viljoen.

He also played for an Invitational XI against the Netherlands National Cricket Team in November 2017, striking a 41-ball 30.

From academics to overseas success…

Off the field, Armstrong has recently completed his studies at the University of Pretoria and has obtained a B.Com Recreation and Sports Management degree.

He also boasts a CSA Level 1 coaching certificate and has coached at Anton van Wouw Primary School, Alberton Cricket Club, and the University of Pretoria.

After completing his studies, Armstrong headed to the UK in 2018 and excelled, playing for Llandudno in the top tier of the North Wales Premier Cricket League.

He struck 776 runs at 59.69 to finish 3rd and 5th on the ECB Premier League batting averages and aggregates.

Keegan returns in 2021

The talented keeper/batsman returned to the UK in 2019, this time to play in the strong Northern ECB Premier League for Fleetwood, where he racked up 691 runs at 36.37.

The British Passport holding South African was set to return to Fleetwood last summer before COVID struck. However, both parties have deferred the agreement through to the 2021 season.