John Evans (cricketer)

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John Evans
Personal information
Full name Alfred John Evans
Born (1889-05-01)1 May 1889
Newtown, Hampshire, England
Died 18 September 1960(1960-09-18) (aged 71)
Marylebone, London, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium-fast
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 197) 11 June 1921 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1908–1920 Hampshire
1909–1912 Oxford University
1921–1928 Kent
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 90
Runs scored 18 3,499
Batting average 9.00 24.64
100s/50s 0/0 6/18
Top score 14 143
Balls bowled 0 6,085
Wickets 110
Bowling average 27.83
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 1
Best bowling 7/50
Catches/stumpings 0/– 94/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 March 2009

Alfred John Evans (1 May 1889 – 18 September 1960) was a cricketer who played for Oxford University, Hampshire, Kent and England. He was also an all-round sportsman who enjoyed success in golf and racquets.

Evans was born in Newtown, Hampshire. In a spasmodic first-class cricket career that lasted from 1908 to 1928, Evans, a hard-hitting right-handed batsman and medium-pace bowler, played regularly only when at university. By 1921, when he scored 69 not out for MCC against the all-conquering Australians under Warwick Armstrong, he was a very occasional cricketer indeed. But the innings earned him a call to the second Test match at Lord's, where he made just 4 and 14. He was never chosen again.

He later played his only full season when he captained Kent in 1927, scoring 832 runs at 25.21 with three hundreds, including his highest score, 143, against Lancashire.

Evans won perhaps greater distinction as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, where his exploits in escaping from German prisoner of war camps led to a book, The Escaping Club.

He married Marie Galbraith, an Irish concert violinist. Their son was the actor Michael Evans.[1]

He died in London.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stanley Cornwallis
Kent County Cricket Club captain
1927
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Legge