The cricket world was shocked by Russ’ sudden death on November 30th, 2017, he was just 52 years of age. The next day was the first day of the Ashes Test in Adelaide, the England team wore black armbands as a mark of respect to Russ.
Russ was a passionate cricket man, he joined Nottinghamshire CCC straight from school and played professional cricket until 1990. He also represented Lincolnshire in the Minor Counties competition.
After cricket Russ worked for Gunn and Moore before leaving in 2012 to set up his own bat making company, B3 Cricket. At the same time, he was pursuing his dream of becoming a first-class umpire. In 2014 Russ was promoted to the ECB list of first-class umpires.
Russ was a man who had time for everyone and was well regarded by all who knew him. Some of the tributes at the bottom of this page show how shocked and saddened the professional cricket world was at Russ’s untimely death.
However, Russ didn’t just show an interest in the upper echelons of the sport, he was passionate about helping others and was a big supporter of the amateur game and was deeply involved in helping the Nottinghamshire Umpires Association.
On many a dark, cold winters Wednesday evening, he would show up at the umpires meetings and offer support, guidance and advice. His dry humour and enthusiasm endeared him to everyone he met and he had a lot of friends in the umpiring fraternity.
TRIBUTES TO RUSS
Essex bowler Jamie Porter wrote: "Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Russell Evans! A great man always enjoyed bowling at his end. He is going to (be) missed dearly! RIP".
England international Ben Duckett wrote: "Absolutely shocking news... one of the nicer blokes around #RIPRuss".
Newly-appointed Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone added: "Incredibly sad news... RIP Russ".
Warwickshire director of sport Ashley Giles wrote: "That is incredibly bad and very sad news. Thoughts with all of Russ' family and friends".
Kent and England player Joe Denly sent his condolences, writing: "Terrible news about Russel(l) Evans, lovely man, will be missed on and off the field".
Yorkshire first-team coach Andrew Gale added: "Gutted to hear about Russ, great man who helped me for so many years at GM and later umpired me. Thoughts with his family."
Former Essex man James Middlebrook wrote: "So shocked to hear the very sad news, top bloke and will be missed on the circuit."