Vic Evans

Sunset View was bought by Harry Taylor in 1936 so his two children would have space to play. However he regularly took in lodgers, either as a favour (e.g. Ruth and Harry Wakelin, family members whose home as newly-weds wasn't ready, or evacuees from London during WW2) or commercially. One of the commercial lodgers was Vic Evans, professional cricketer.

Victor J Evans was born in Woodford, Essex, on 4 March 1912. He married Beryl M Joyner (b 23 May 1915) in West Ham registration district in q4 1937. They had two children, Colin b 1939 and Jill b 1946.

He played professional cricked for Essex between 1932 and 1937 as a right arm off-break/medium pace bowler and right handed batsman, though I'm not sure he batted as anything other than a tailender. He played 62 games for Essex, bowling 7828 deliveries with 129 wickets at an average of 29.79 and best figures of 6/47. He had five 'five-for' and took 10 wickets in a match on one occasion. He also scored 469 runs with an average of 7.94 and a top score of 23*, and took 12 catches.
(source: Crickinfo. Cricket is great for stats!)

He lived in Sunset View when he played for Rawtenstall Cricket Club as their professional in 1939. He completed one season with them, and gave his address on the 1939 register as 216 Westrow Drive, Barking, Essex with Beryl and a person whose details are redacted. Beryl's occupation is given as 'house duties, unpaid' so he was making a living out of cricket.

He died on 28 March 1975 in Barking.

Vic Evans

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