John Evans smashed a swashbuckling 66 not out on his England Over-70s debut as the Three Lions won by a comprehensive 161 runs against Wales at Stourport-on-Severn CC on a sun-kissed Sunday.
Frocester legend Evans, who celebrated his 71st birthday on Friday, smashed an undefeated 66 off just 51 balls, including nine fours as he partnered Ian Caunce, who clubbed 158 off 101 balls as England posted an imposing 315 for the loss of just three wickets from their allotted 40 overs. Stroud stalwart and England opener Keith Daniels fell for a duck.
From start to finish, England dominated proceedings as Wales huffed and puffed to 154 runs for the loss of four wickets from their 40 overs.
Evans was delighted with his debut knock after coming in at number four after playing a patient role at first: “I gave the strike to Ian Caunce from Lancashire at the start. He whacked it and got 158, but I accelerated after he was out.”
In a proud moment, Evans was handed his England cap by team manager and selector Ian Hart. The next match on the horizon is a tour to Australia for the golden oldies when they face the old enemy in the new year.