Brian Evans

Brian Evans seen practising in the Indoor School at the Arms Park in 1960. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Brian Evans was a hostile fast bowler who formed an effective (and very Welsh-sounding) opening bowling partnership with Jeff Jones for Glamorgan during the early 1960s.

However, their pairing was all too brief as Brian – or ‘Ginger’ as he was known to one and all because of his flame-red hair – was beset with injury and forced into retirement in 1964. He subsequently took up a position as a professional with a club in Grimsby, and played Minor County cricket for Lincolnshire between 1965 and 1971.

Brian Evans had first played as a seventeen year-old for Glamorgan 2nd XI before winning a place on the county’s full-time staff and making his first-class debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1958. A measure of his abilities can be gauged from the fact that he claimed, in all, ten five-wicket hauls with his finest hour coming against Somerset at the Arms Park in 1961 when he claimed 8/42 as well as posting a career-best half-century.

The West Country side were also the opponents as the very Celtic pairing of Evans and Jones shared the new ball in Glamorgan’s inaugural List A match at the Cardiff ground in 1963.

EVANS, John Brian

Born – Clydach, 9th November 1936.      

Died – Grimsby, 1st May 2011.   

Best performances for Glamorgan:

In first-class cricket – 62*and 8/42 v Somerset at Cardiff Arms Park, 1961.

In List A cricket – 1/37 v Somerset at Cardiff Arms Park, 1963.

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First-class8712919151513.77745
List A11001
Brian Evans’ career batting record for Glamorgan.
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First-class13993508667024627.1110
List A50137137.00
Brian Evans’ career bowling record for Glamorgan.