Former NSW First Class cricketer Les Ellis has passed away age 85.
A fast bowler, Ellis played three Sheffield Shield matches in 1964/65 with NSW claiming the title that season.
Hailing from Newcastle, Ellis was a prodigious wicket taker in the Sydney First Grade competition for Western Suburbs taking 151 wickets at the outstanding average of 17.12. His wickets tally included seven five-wicket hauls and best figures of 7-38.
He was part of two First Grade Premierships for the club in 1959/60 and 1963/64 alongside Australian and NSW great Alan Davidson.
In the 1963/64 Final at the SCG, Ellis claimed 5-69 against St George following 5-36 in the semi-final win over Waverley (now Eastern Suburbs).
Ellis also played five matches for the NSW Colts, and three matches for the Sydney Metropolitan XI against NSW Country, all between 1959 and 1965.
He then returned to Newcastle in 1965-66 playing for Northern NSW against the touring England side that season.
Ellis played for Hamilton-Wickham in Newcastle taking 181 first grade wickets, in that competition, and is sixth on that club's all-time list of wicket takers.
Les Ellis sadly passed away in Newcastle on Monday, July 19.
Cricket NSW sends its condolences to the Ellis family at this difficult time.