Harry Evans has made a successful return to McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket after two seasons playing in Tasmania.
Since returning to Gordon, Evans has played in six matches and a further four T20 matches and currently sits fifth on the list of leading First Grade run scorers with 494 runs at an average of 70.1 including two centuries and a highest score of 153.
“I love playing with Gordon. I’ve played with them for my whole Grade career, when playing in Sydney.
“I have heaps of really good friends there, making it really easy to slot back in.”
Harry was educated at Knox Grammar School, playing Green Shield for Gordon before commencing Premier Cricket and playing in the Poidevin-Gray Shield.
Since 2010/11, he has played exclusively First Grade and was appointed captain for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons before relocating to Tasmania in an attempt to break into the Tasmanian Sheffield Shield team.
In 2013/14, he won the O’Reilly Medal for the Player of the Year in the NSW Premier Cricket Competition.
He played several Futures League and 2nd XI matches for NSW and Tasmania but was not selected for a first class match in either state.
Despite never quite making it to the next level, Harry enjoyed his time playing Futures League cricket for both states.
“Playing in Tasmania, the conditions were generally a little bit harder than when my home ground was Blacktown International Sportspark in NSW, which was generally pretty nice to bat on.
“There were definitely more challenging wickets (in Tasmania)”
“Given there is a smaller pool of players in Hobart, you generally end up playing with the same people in almost every (Futures League) game”.
“Whereas in NSW, there was always a couple of new faces – always a couple of people doing well in Grade, so I guess there was a bit more player turnover, especially amongst the Grade guys who were playing Futures League. That was the biggest difference.”
Last season, as First Grade captain at the Kingborough Cricket Club in Tasmania, he scored the third highest aggregate in the history of Tasmanian Grade Cricket with 1176 runs.
That won him the Emerson Rodwell Medal (the equivalent of our O’Reilly Medal) for the best & fairest in the Tasmanian Premier Cricket Competition.
Evans claimed the biggest difference between Premier Cricket in Hobart and Sydney was a greater consistency and standard in the Sydney competition.
However, he said there were some very good sides in Hobart that would do well in any Premier competition in Australia.
“One grand final two years ago our opposition fielded three Australian representatives and four who had represented Tasmania,” Evans said.
He enjoyed his time in Tasmania, however he found that when cricket Tasmania had a clean out of staff, there was no real interest in him for higher honors in Tasmania.
This combined with the fact that he wanted to further a career path in finance, as he was nearing 28 years old, lead to his return to NSW.