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Len Butterfield      

Full name Leonard Arthur Butterfield

Born August 29, 1913, Christchurch, Canterbury

Died July 5, 1999, Christchurch, Canterbury (aged 85 years 310 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 18 29 3 589 82 22.65 0 4 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 1 78 24 0 - - - 1.84 - 0 0 0
First-class 18 2400 747 38 5/9 19.65 1.86 63.1 3 0
Career statistics
Only Test New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Mar 29-30, 1946 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1934-1946
Profile

Leonard Arthur Butterfield, died on July 7, 1999, aged 85. Len Butterfield played for New Zealand in the retrospectively elevated Wellington Test match against Australia in 1945-46: he was lbw to Bill O'Reilly for nought in both innings and, though he bowled quite well (13 overs for 24), he did not take a wicket either. This left him on the list of ten players (beginning with G. F. Grace and ending, at present, with Gavin Hamilton) to be out for a pair in their only Test. For Butterfield, there was no chance for any kind of recovery, as it was his last first-class match. In fact, he had been a very useful all-rounder for Canterbury, and his 82 against Otago in 1944-45 earned him a place in the South Island team against the North. Bowling right-arm seamers, he caused a sensation in the second innings by taking the first five wickets for nine in 12 overs. But with the score at 44 for five, he had to go off injured, and the North recovered to win the game. For 21 years, Butterfield was the chief stipendiary steward for the New Zealand Trotting Conference.
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