By Geoff Wyatt

LESLIE Robert Boyd, also known as ‘Boydy’, from Leongatha Town, has been awarded a 50-year certificate for his involvement in cricket.

It was presented by Jason Mathers of Cricket Victoria earlier this week.

Les started off playing in Foster in 1957 and then came to Leongatha and played for the Town Club.

He also played with Coog’s Railways team which won the Victorian title, Iona and Koo Wee Rup Over 60s and played for LDCA Bendigo Country Week side.

Les played and umpired cricket for 58 years.

He was made life member of the LDCA Umpires in 2005-2006, he umpired 319 games umpiring local and GCL Cricket and acted as appointments officer for five seasons 1993-94 to 1997-98 and secretary/treasurer 1990-91 to 1992-93.

He umpired one A2 grand final, seven B Grade grand finals, one C Grade grand final, three D Grade grand finals, three junior finals plus a 20/20 final and GCL Under 21 final.

A total of 17 grand finals.

Les also umpired Under 17 state trials, Coca Cola Cup and Crusader Games NZ Juniors and Carlton Light Cup Games. He umpired from 1990-91 to 2013-2014, though he may have umpired finals prior to this in the LDCA.

In the LDCA 100 Years of Cricket, Les Boyd was recognised by the Town Club: ‘Boydy’ came to Town from Foster in the early ‘70s and immediately made an impression with his all-round ability.

“Les’ opening batting was the bane of all fast bowlers that came across him. Although not fast, he was a very solid performer, collecting many runs while blunting the openers.

“His bowling rates a mention, being able to bowl left arm slow medium and then turn to leg and off break spin. Les was one of our true characters who had quite a bag of tricks up his sleeve that he brought out at party time.

“When C Grade was formed, Les made a comeback and was an invaluable asset with his experience with the younger members of the team and he finished his career off as captain of Town’s only C Grade premiership team up until 1993. Les was ably supported by Julie who was a great help scoring afternoon teas and other duties that help to keep teams running smoothly.

“Les played in Towns’s1974/75 B Grade premiership team and Town C Grade premiers 1990/91 as captain.”