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Leslie William Downes (19 September 1945 – 9 November 2019) was a New Zealand first-class cricketer who played for Central Districts in 1975–76.

Les Downes
Personal information
Full nameLeslie William Downes
Born(1945-09-19)19 September 1945
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Died9 November 2019(2019-11-09) (aged 74)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Domestic team information
1975–76Central Districts
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 8 1
Runs scored 289 1
Batting average 35.87 1.00
100s/50s 0/2 0/0
Top score 89* 1
Balls bowled 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 24/2 1/0
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,[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[2]


  1. ^ "Hawke Cup matches played by Les Downes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Lampp, Peter (14 November 2019). "Downes but never out". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Central Districts v Canterbury 1975–76". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 November 2019.

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