Ali Evans (Class of 2006) - It's Not Just Cricket!

Ali Evans (Class of 2006) - It's Not Just Cricket!

Published on 20 February 2019

Our former pupil Ali Evans (Class of 2006) was part of one of Scotland’s greatest ever sporting successes last year – and the win over England has left Ali buzzing going into 2019.

When England headed up to Edinburgh to play Scotland at The Grange in a One Day International cricket match in June 2018, the visitors were the number one side in the world in that format.

However, an inspired performance from captain Kyle Coetzer – with seam bowler Evans playing an important role – saw Scotland win by six runs to spark wild celebrations.

Evans, the 30-year-old who plays his club cricket for Carlton, has been a key member of the national team for a number of years now and is in Oman with them just now.

Evans, the 30-year-old who plays his club cricket for Carlton, has been a key member of the national team for a number of years now and is in Oman with them just now.

They have already played – and won – a Twenty20 Quadrangular Series with the hosts, Netherland and Ireland. They are also playing three 50-over games with Oman this week before returning home at the weekend.

“Last year was a great year for the team and that England win was the culmination of a lot of hard work, I will remember it for a long time,” Evans said.

Meanwhile, Evans was lucky enough to rub shoulders with some of the best from a completely different ball game during the off season.

A big American football fan, Evans enjoyed meeting up and swapping sporting stories with his favourite NFL team the Tennessee Titans (pictured above).

“The Titans were over in London to take on the Los Angeles Chargers back in October and they are my team,” Evans explained.

“I have always watched NFL from afar, but over the last three or four years I have really got into it and every Sunday night will be watching the matches when they are on.

“I was over in Nashville last year after our cricket season and, after I put up a couple of things on social media, they very kindly got in touch.

“We got chatting and I said that I would be at the match in London in October and asked that if there was time and the guys were keen to learn about cricket then perhaps we could meet up if they had time.

“A week or so before they came to London they got back in touch to say it would be great if I could come own to training one day and chat to some of the players about a different sport and what sporting culture is like in the UK.

“A week or so before they came to London they got back in touch to say it would be great if I could come own to training one day and chat to some of the players about a different sport and what sporting culture is like in the UK.

“I went down and watched them training in west London, met the owner and the head coach and others and then a group of the players came over and we got a bat and a ball out and I tried to use my knowledge of baseball to educate them.

“It was amazing because the guys were really interested in finding out about the sport and catching the ball and they were amazed [as in baseball] that we don’t use a glove to catch the ball.

“To meet and chat with them was an incredible experience, to hear their stories about American football, the training, the work ethic and the commitment that they put in was great.

“There are raw qualities that all professional sports men and women need.”

Gary Heatly