|Full name||Leslie William Downes|
|Born||19 September 1945|
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
|Died||9 November 2019 (aged 74)|
Palmerston North, New Zealand
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 14 November 2019
Downes was a wicketkeeper-batsman who had a long career for Manawatu in the Hawke Cup from 1965 to 1980, captaining the team for many years, but played only one season for Central Districts. He had an outstanding match against Canterbury at Nelson, taking six catches in Canterbury’s first innings and making his highest score of 89 not out in Central Districts’ second innings.
He also played soccer for Manawatu. He coached cricket and soccer and served on the Manawatu cricket and soccer associations. He worked in insurance, investment, marketing and real estate.