Leslie Cody

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Leslie Cody
Personal information
Full name Leslie Alwyn Cody
Born (1889-10-11)11 October 1889
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Died 10 August 1969(1969-08-10) (aged 79)
Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Leg spin
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1915–1922 Victoria
1912–1914 New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 30
Runs scored 1230
Batting average 34.16
100s/50s 1/6
Top score 107
Balls bowled 224
Wickets 4
Bowling average 28.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/22
Catches/stumpings 15/0
Source: CricketArchive, 3 February 2009

Leslie Alwyn 'Les' Cody (11 October 1889 – 10 August 1969)[1] was an Australian sportsman who played both rugby league[2] and cricket at a high level.[1]

Cricket[edit]

A right-handed batsman and leg spin bowler,[1] Cody played first-class cricket between 1912 and 1922.[3] After matches for New South Wales Colts,[4] he made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia in November 1912. He played six further first-class matches that season.[3]

While he never played Test cricket,[1] Cody did play several times for the Australian national side. In 1913, he toured North America with Australia, playing matches in Bermuda, Canada and the United States. The Bermuda leg included one match against the Bermuda national side. The Canadian leg featured matches played all across the country, with matches in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.[4]

The Canadian leg also featured a first-class match against a combined Canada/US team in Toronto, which Cody played in,[3] which was the first first-class match to be played in Canada.[5] The US leg of the tour was confined mostly to the Eastern seaboard with matches taking place in Pennsylvania, New York and Rhode Island, in addition to three matches in Chicago. The US leg featured four first-class matches,[6] all of which Cody played in. Three were against Philadelphia and one was against a combined Canada/US team.[3]

Back in Australia, Cody played five first-class matches in the 1913/14 season before he was again selected for an Australian tour, this time to New Zealand. Six first-class matches were played by Cody on the tour, including two against New Zealand.[3]

In the 1914/15 season, Cody played three first-class matches, having now moved to play for Victoria, before the First World War interrupted his cricket career. He played five further first-class matches after the war, the last coming against Western Australia in March 1922.[3]

Rugby league[edit]

Cody played for Eastern Suburbs in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) in the years 1910 and 1911.

In the 1911 season he became the Tricolours' first premiership winning halfback.[2] He played 19 first grade games for Easts between 1910–11, scoring eight tries and two goals during his career there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Leslie Cody at CricketArchive
  2. ^ a b The Encyclopedia Of Rugby League; Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson
  3. ^ a b c d e f First-class matches played by Leslie Cody at CricketArchive
  4. ^ a b Other matches played by Leslie Cody at CricketArchive
  5. ^ Timeline of Canadian cricket at CricketEurope
  6. ^ Australia in North America, 1913, USA leg at CricketArchive