Len Butterfield

Len Butterfield

New Zealand

INTL CAREER: 1946 - 1946

Full Name

Leonard Arthur Butterfield


August 29, 1913, Christchurch, Canterbury


July 05, 1999, Christchurch, Canterbury, (aged 85y 310d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium


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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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1934/35 - 1945/46