Russells Creek division three captain Edward Evans to play 300th game

300 N.O: Russells Creek cricketer Edward Evans will lead the Division 3 side onto the field as he plays his 300th club game this weekend. Picture: Rob Gunstone
300 N.O: Russells Creek cricketer Edward Evans will lead the Division 3 side onto the field as he plays his 300th club game this weekend. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Edward Evans has lost count of the number of cricketers he’s played alongside over the years.

The Russells Creek captain, who leads the club’s Blue side in Warrnambool and District cricket’s third division, will bring up his 300th game when his team takes on Nestles at Mack Oval on Saturday.

He’s seen the exciting juniors getting their first taste of senior cricket, the seasoned veterans and everyone in between filter through the side – Evans himself played more than 100 games in the old A reserve level, before shifting his focus to division three – but there was a standout a couple of years ago.

“I got to play with my son, Blake,” he said. “He played the whole season a couple of years back with me.

“I’ve played in two winning grand finals, and for (another) highlight, obviously playing with my son was one, and getting to play with different people every week.”

Evans, who typically comes into the bowling attack midway or late in the innings, has won the past two WDCA division three bowling aggregate awards.

“Back in the old days, you’d call (my style) medium-fast, but now you’d call it dead slow,” he laughed.

“I try to bowl on the stump and try to hit the ball out of the park (when I bat).

“One of my sayings is to live by the sword and die by the sword and, to the juniors: ‘don’t play like me’.”

The Creek veteran often opens the batting, though he did spend some time in the middle order last summer.

He thanked the Creek players past and current for making his time at the club enjoyable and allowing him to reach the milestone.