James Leslie Keating

b. 1-Oct-1891 | d. 13-Mar-1962

Les Keating is the greatest all round cricketer to play for the Richmond Cricket Club, by both reputation and weight of numbers.

He was 33 years of age when he joined Richmond in 1924-25 from Collingwood. With 4,371 District runs and 209 wickets already under his belt, his right hand batting and right arm medium pace bowling had produced outstanding career performances even before he reached Punt Road.

He assumed the role of Captain/Coach of the Richmond Cricket Club on arrival and held that coaching position for two seasons, but his reign as captain ran on for a total of seven seasons. That he was able to accumulate another 3,467 runs and 425 wickets for the Tigers before retiring at the age of 51 is amazing. In his 174 games at Punt Road he hit 5 centuries and 26 times took 5 or more wickets in an innings. In the 1932-33 season he obtained the sensational innings figures of 9 for 13, these stats are his best ever, also the best obtained by a Richmond bowler in the history of District Cricket.

Along his 16 year path at Richmond he was Club Champion twice, won one batting award and a record equalling six bowling awards.

Keating played 16 times for Victoria but most of these games were accumulated during his time at Collingwood, he scored 697 runs with a highest score of 154 and took 20 wickets with his best figures 6 for 72.

In season 1928-29 Les was elected to the Richmond Cricket Club working committee and was awarded Life Membership in 1935. In retirement Les continued to work for the club as a committee member until the mid 1940s.

Les Keating is a legend at both Collingwood and Richmond and a worthy inductee into the 2009 Tigers Hall of Fame.