Former Nottinghamshire county cricketer
Born: 10 September 1963, Nottingham
Schools: William Lee, Colonel Frank Seely
Major Teams: Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Norton in Hales
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium Fast
First-Class (1984 - 1999)
Batting & Fielding
Not Out 44
Highest Score 104
Kevin was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium-fast. Having played for the Nottinghamshire Second XI since 1981, Evans made his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire against Cambridge University in 1984 at Trent Bridge. He played two further first-class matches in his debut season against the touring Sri Lankans and West Indians, as well as making his List A debut against Middlesex in the 1984 John Player Special League.First-class and List A appearances were few and far between for Evans between 1984 and 1987, but he eventually broke into the Nottinghamshire side on a regular basis in the 1988 season.
An all-rounder, Evans was able to provide valuable runs down the batting order, though he had mixed seasons and struggles with consistency. His most successful season with the bat in first-class cricket came in 1990 when he scored 738 runs at an average of 46.12, including making his maiden century against Somerset, which followed on from a duck he had made earlier in the match. His batting average mostly stuck around in the twenties and he only had an average higher than thirty in three seasons. It was a similar story with the ball for Evans in his first-class career, with him not taking a five wicket haul until the 1991 season. Typically, his bowling average season-to-season fluctuated in the late twenties to mid-thirties. He took 40 wickets or more in a season on three occasions, with the 1997 season being his most successful with 45 wickets at an average of 28.37 (though he did take 48 wickets in 1992, but at a higher average), Evans played a total of 161 first-class matches for Nottinghamshire between 1984 and 1999, scoring 4,198 runs at an average of 23.85, with a high score of 104, one of three centuries along with 21 half centuries he made. An able fielder, he also took 111 catches. Evans along with West Indian Jimmy Adams holds the record for the 9th wicket for Nottinghamshire with a partnership of 170. With the ball, he took 364 wickets at an average of 33.23, with best figures of 6/40, one of ten five wicket hauls he took.
Left : Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, circa April 1987.
Back row, left to right:
Paul Pollard, Russell Evans, David Fraser-Darling, Kevin Evans, Andy Afford and Mick Newell;
Middle row, left to right:
Duncan Martindale, Chris Scott, Andy Pick, Kevin Saxelby, David Millns, Kevin Cooper and Paul Johnson;
Front row, left to right:
Bruce French, Eddie Hemmings, Derek Randall, Tim Robinson, Ken Taylor, Clive Rice, Chris Broad, John Birch and Mick Bore.
After leaving Nottinghamshire at the end of the 1999 season, Evans proceeded to join Shropshire for the 2000 season, making his debut for the county against Herefordshire in the MCCA Knockout Trophy and in the same season making Minor Counties Championship debut against Oxfordshire. He made his first List A appearances for the county in the 2000 NatWest Trophy against the Surrey Cricket Board. He made three further List A appearances for Shropshire, the last of which came against Oxfordshire in the 2nd round of the 2002 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, which was played in 2001 to avoid fixture congestion. He took 6 wickets in his four matches, which came at an average of 28.16, with best figures of 3/37,while with the bat he scored 23 runs at an average of 11.50, with a high score of 9 not out. He played Minor counties for Shropshire for just two seasons, having made thirteen Minor Counties Championship and six MCCA Knockout Trophy appearances.