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Keating, JL

 
Name: Keating, James 'Leslie'
Date of Birth: 1 October 1891
(d 13 March 1962)
Career: 1910/11 - 1941/42
Teams: Collingwood, Richmond
Matches: 309
Batting Style: RHB 
Bowling Style: RAMP 

 

 

 

 

"Les Keating was the first-ever player to reach the magical 300-game milestone. After a 14-year stint at Collingwood (135 matches), Keating was appointed playing coach at Richmond in 1924. He stayed at Punt Road for another 18 years and 174 matches, extending his match tally to 309. Only Ironmonger (862) and Blackie (803) took more District wickets than Keating's 636.


Keating won Collingwood's batting average twice (1919/20 & 1921/22) and bowling average twice (1916/17 & 1922/23). At Richmond he won the batting once (1928/29) and bowling twice (1927/28 & 1928/29).

Keating scored 7 centuries for the Magpies, 5 for the Tigers and he was also the Tigers' Club Champion in 1931/32 and 1937/38. Although he played in 6 VCA Finals in his career - 2 with Collingwood and 4 with Richmond - he only played in one premiership, as a 21 year-old for Collingwood in 1911/12. Keating's highest score was his 197 for Collingwood against Carlton in the 1921/22 Semi Final. In this match, Keating added 381 for the 3rd wicket partnership with Jack Ryder (267), a District record which still stands today.

Keating played 16 first class matches for Victoria between 1918/19 and 1924/25, scoring 697 runs @ 25.81 and taking 20 wickets @ 28.35. His only century was a chanceless 154 in 250 minutes against NSW in Sydney in only his second match. His best bowling was 6/72 v South Australia at Adelaide in 1923/24."

 


Batting
Innings N.O. Runs Batting Avg High Score 50s 100s
308  39 7838 29.14 197 38 12

Bowling
Runs Wickets Bowling Avg Best 5wi 10wm Ct/St
11765 636 18.50 9/13  35  ?