Injury kept Kevin Evans out of the Nottinghamshires side for virtually the whole of the 1999 and his retirement therefore hardly came as a surprise.

Evans began his serious cricket with Calverton, then Unity-Casuals and in 1981, aged 17, joined the Notts Colts in the Bassetlaw League.

His first season with Colts produced 1,251 runs, averaged 29.09 and 67 wickets, averaged 17.77.

He gained a place on the full time staff in 1984, making his first-class debut that summer v Cambridge University. His inability to gain a position in the senior side on a regular basis, earned him the soubriquet, ‘Ghost’.

In 1988 he finally broke through both in terms of the County Championship and Limited Overs matches. He gained his County Cap in 1990, when he averaged 46.12 with the bat (including a maiden first-class hundred) and took 34 wickets.

It is arguable that he ought to have been given a little bit more opportunity as a batsman, but he was mainly employed for his accurate bowling, right arm medium fast, which was specifically of use in One Day cricket.

In 1998 he was awarded a benefit match. His younger brother Russell also played for Notts.