1948 Invincibles / Players / Godfrey Evans

Godfrey Evans      

Full name Thomas Godfrey Evans

Born August 18, 1920, Finchley, Middlesex

Died May 3, 1999, Northampton (aged 78 years 258 days)

Major teams England, Kent

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Kent College, Canterbury

Thomas Godfrey Evans
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 91 133 14 2439 104 20.49 2 8 7 173 46
First-class 465 753 52 14882 144 21.22 7 62 816 250
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 91 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 465 286 245 2 2/50 122.50 5.13 143.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at The Oval, Aug 17-20, 1946 scorecard
Last Test England v India at Lord's, Jun 18-20, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1939-1967
Profile

Godfrey Evans was arguably the best wicketkeeper the game has ever seen. Debates about wicketkeepers cannot be stilled by statistics but what is beyond question is that Evans was the game's most charismatic keeper: the man who made the game's least obtrusive specialism a spectator sport in itself. His energy and enthusiasm brought the best out of other fielders, whatever the state of the game. But he added to that a technical excellence that has probably never been surpassed.

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Jul 27, 1956

Godfrey Evans stumps Ron Archer off the bowling of Jim Laker, England v Australia, 4th Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day, July 27, 1956

Godfrey Evans stumps Ron Archer off the bowling of Jim Laker

© PA Photos

Aug 24, 1955

Commercialism 1955 style ... a Slazenger advertisement

Commercialism 1955 style ... a Slazenger advertisement

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Aug 12, 1954

Peter Loader celebrates as Godfrey Evans catches Fazal Mahmood for a duck, England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval, 1st day, August 12, 1954

Peter Loader celebrates as Godfrey Evans catches Fazal Mahmood for a duck

© Getty Images

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1951
First wicketkeeper to 200 Test dismissals
First Englishman to 1000 runs and 100 dismissals
First player to 2000 runs and 200 dismissals

Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Investec Test: England v India at Southampton - Jul 27-31
England 569/7d India 229/6
Group A: Northants v Worcs at Milton Keynes - Jul 29
Worcs 274/9 Northants 144/7 (25.2/50 ov)
Group B: Notts v Somerset at Nottingham - Jul 29
Notts 261/8 Somerset 132/1 (27.4/50 ov)
Group A: Yorkshire v Gloucs at Leeds - Jul 29
Yorkshire 192 Gloucs 140/6 (35/50 ov)
Group B: Kent v Durham at Canterbury - Jul 29
Durham 193/4 (39.1/50 ov)
Group B: Warwickshire v Sussex at Birmingham - Jul 29
Warwickshire 194/2 (40.1/50 ov)
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