Len Butterfield

Cricket Player

1913 – 1999


Who was Len Butterfield?

Leonard Arthur Butterfield was a New Zealand cricketer who played in one Test in 1946, making a pair.

He made his first-class debut for Canterbury in 1934-35, and played three more matches in 1935-36 batting at various positions in the order from opening to number eight, without much success. He reappeared in 1943-44 as an all-rounder who batted in the middle order and opened the bowling, and took 5 for 24 to help Canterbury beat Auckland, followed by 5 for 47 in a victory over Wellington in the next match. He was selected to play for a New Zealand XI in a first-class match against a New Zealand Services XI shortly afterwards, and hit 40 batting at number nine, his highest score to date.

He hit the highest score of his career, 82, against Otago in 1944-45, and was selected for South Island against North Island at Auckland in the last match of the season. In a low-scoring match he scored 16 and 58 batting at number seven, and opening the bowling he took 3 for 47 in the first innings then, with his team trailing by 67, he took the first five wickets to fall in North Island's second innings, taking 5 for 9 before having to leave the ground injured.

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Aug 29, 1913
New Zealand
  • New Zealand
Jul 5, 1999

on July 23, 2013


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