David Evans was one of the finest wicket-keepers in county cricket during the 1960`s, and had he been a more capable batsman, the Welsh-speaker with over 500 dismissals to his name, might have won Test honours.
David had joined the Glamorgan staff during 1955, as an understudy to Haydn Davies and the following summer, he made his first-class debut. David duly took over behind the stumps on a regular basis after Haydn had retired at the end of the 1958 season and he duly continued the high standards which his predecessor had set.
He won his county cap in 1959 after some excellent and largely unobtrusive performances behind the stumps, both standing up to the spinners and standing back to the quicker bowlers, as well as Don Shepherd’s off-cutters. David’s finest season came during 1963 when he claimed 89 victims and beat Haydn’s Club record of dismissals.
David took a Benefit Year in 1969, as Glamorgan became county champions for the second time in their history, before retiring and becoming a first-class umpire in 1971. He typically brought to his new job the same high qualities and strive for perfection that he had shown behind the stumps for the Welsh county. David stood in nine Test matches between 1981 and 1985, with the first being the famous Ashes Test at Headingley.
EVANS, David Gwilym Lloyd
Born – Lambeth, 27th July 1933.
Died – Drefach, Llandyssul, 25th March 1990.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 46* v Oxford University at The Parks, 1961.
In List A cricket – 8 v Surrey at The Oval, 1965.