Richard Evans (South African cricketer)

Richard James Evans (11 October 1914 – 29 May 1943) was a South African cricketer who played first-class cricket for Border from 1934 to 1940.

Richard Evans
Personal information
Full nameRichard James Evans
Born(1914-10-11)11 October 1914
East London, South Africa
Died29 May 1943(1943-05-29) (aged 28)
At sea, off Cape Town, South Africa
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm leg-spin
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1934-35 to 1939-40Border
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 10
Runs scored 234
Batting average 13.00
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 88
Balls bowled 1543
Wickets 49
Bowling average 18.48
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 2
Best bowling 8/64
Catches/stumpings 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 20 January 2018

Richard Evans was a leg-spin and googly bowler who had an exceptional career strike-rate: a wicket every 31.48 deliveries.[1] He had an outstanding season in 1937-38 when he was 23. In the first match, against Western Province, he took 5 for 72 and 4 for 92, and Border won by seven wickets.[2] Then, in Border’s innings victory over Eastern Province he took 4 for 50 and 6 for 40.[3] Later, in the victory over Orange Free State, he took 5 for 27 and 2 for 28,[4] and a week after that, in the loss to Transvaal, he took 2 for 29 and 8 for 64.[5] He finished the season with 36 wickets in five matches off 867 balls at a bowling average of 13.11 and a strike-rate of a wicket every 24.08 balls. Only Norman Gordon of Transvaal, with 39 wickets off 1798 balls, took more wickets in the season.[6]

However, Evans's considerable promise was unfulfilled.[7] He played only two more first-class matches before the Second World War, in which he died at sea off Cape Town, aged 28.

References

  1. "Richard Evans". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. "Western Province v Border 1937-38". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. "Eastern Province v Border 1937-38". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. "Border v Orange Free State 1937-38". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. "Border v Transvaal 1937-38". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  6. "Bowling by average, Currie Cup 1937-38". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. Louis Duffus, "The Past South African Season", The Cricketer, 30 April 1938, p. 21.
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