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Tom Cobcroft, 1898-99
|Full name||Leslie Thomas Cobcroft|
12 February 1867|
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||9 March 1938
Wellington, New Zealand
|Domestic team information|
|1895-96||New South Wales|
|1897-98 to 1899-2000||Canterbury|
|1906-07 to 1909-10||Wellington|
Source: Cricket Archive, 8 October 2014
A right-hand batsman and off-break bowler, he played 23 matches of first-class cricket between 1895/96 and 1909/10. He captained the New South Wales side that toured New Zealand in 1895/96. He settled in New Zealand, and played for Canterbury from 1897/98 to 1899/00 and for Wellington from 1906/07 to 1909/10. He was the third captain for New Zealand in first-class cricket, captaining the side that toured Australia in 1898/99. He also captained Canterbury, Wellington and Wairarapa sides.
In first-class games, he scored a total of 868 runs in 42 innings, at the relatively low batting average of 21.70, including 5 half-centuries. He made his highest score, 85 not out, carrying his bat for New South Wales against Wellington in December 1895. He took 37 wickets at the excellent bowling average of 18.97, with best bowling of 6/23 for Canterbury against Wellington in December 1899 (he also hit 70 and 44 with the bat in that match). His only other 5-wicket haul came for Wellington against Otago in December 1907: he took 4/20 and 5/87 in that match.
He umpired 14 first-class matches from March 1925 to February 1935, all in New Zealand. He umpired three Test matches: the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tests between New Zealand and England, played consecutively in New Zealand in January and February 1930. He stood with Ken Cave in all three matches, which were all drawn. The 2nd Test was played at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The first two days of the 3rd Test at Eden Park in Auckland were washed out, so the 4th Test was arranged a week later.
- Evening Post, 9 March 1938, p. 13.