Stella Downes becomes first female Cricket Leinster president in 102 years

Stella Downes. © Cricket Leinster / Twitter

Stella Downes, who was the president-elect at Cricket Leinster, will take office with immediate effect, the board has announced on Wednesday (September 16). The decision comes in after her predecessor Peter Thew expressed his desire to step down. She becomes the first female Cricket Leinster president in 102 years.

Due to COVID-19 and circumstances, the AGM for this year is yet to be held and as a result, Peter continued in the position for the 2020 club cricket season which just concluded. “We are hugely appreciative of Peter’s continued leadership over this period and indeed for his brilliant year as President in 2019 when we celebrated our Centenary with many events, both on and off the field of play,” the board said in a statement.

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Stella, who served as a president of the Clontarf Cricket Club before, is liked by all and one of the respectable figures among the community. “Stella will bring a wealth of skills and experience to the role of President and is already on the Cricket Leinster Board so is well briefed on all the key issues and challenges facing club cricket as we begin to plan for the 2021 season,” the statement further read.