A Family Tradition

A Sporting Legacy

Des keeping wicket for Rhodesia
Des keeping wicket for Rhodesia
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Nikki and Stacey playing indoors at IRC
Des stumps Garth McKenzie off bowling of Jackie du Preez. Richie Kaschula and Mike Procter look on.
Des stumps Garth McKenzie off bowling of Jackie du Preez. Richie Kaschula and Mike Procter look on.
Rhodesia Hockey 1973 Jack Heron, Mike Huggett, Late Alan Peake, Late Len Anticevich, Late Howie Gardiner, Robin Boyd (Manager), Derek Hinde, Reg Bennett, John McPhun Front :- Des Evans, Tinker Beets, Dave West

My brother-in-law Mart Benkenstein played cricket for Rhodesia and excelled at rugby and athletics
My brother-in-law Mart Benkenstein played cricket for Rhodesia and excelled at rugby and athletics
Des batting with brother-in-law Mart Benkenstein
Des batting with brother-in-law Mart Benkenstein
Des represented South Africa Schools in 1070
Des represented South Africa Schools in 1970
Des catches an inside edge from Ali Bacher (Transvaal) with the late Paddy Clift appealing
Des catches an inside edge from Ali Bacher (Transvaal) with the late Paddy Clift appealing
Brooks Trophy tennis players in 1968
Brooks Trophy tennis players in 1968. My sister Lorna (Benkenstein) is bottom right
My sister Lorna (Evans) Benkenstein (front left) played 1st team tennis at Blakiston junior school and played for Mashonaland (State) at high school
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Unbeaten Prince Edward School tennis team in 1969 – winners of National “Mim Du Toit” title 5 years in a row
Des was Rhodesian 18's triple champion in tennis in 1968
Des was Rhodesian 18’s triple champion in tennis in 1968
Midlands Invitation cricket team which played the touring International Wanderers in 1972
Des with nephew Dale Benkenstein in Durham, 2013
Des with nephew Dale Benkenstein in Durham, 2013
Des with Dave Houghton and nephew Dale at Durham CCC
Des with Dave “Fat Cat” Houghton (Derbyshire Coach) and nephew Dale at Durham CCC
Des with step=brother Colin Dowdeswell and sister Lorna Benkenstein at Wimbledon
Des with step-brother Colin Dowdeswell and sister Lorna Benkenstein at Wimbledon
My daughter Nicola (Evans) Frazer played 4 years college tennis for the IUPUI Jaguars
My daughter Nicola (Evans) Frazer played 4 years college tennis for the IUPUI Jaguars
My son Gareth (3rd from the right) won 2 Indiana State Boys Tennis titles for the Carmel Greyhounds in 2003/2004.
Carmel Greyhounds Girls Tennis team 2006. Stacey Evans is 3rd from right and Coach Des Evans is far right in 2nd row.
Gareth with Des - Gareth won State tennis titles with Carmel High School in 2004/2005.
Gareth with Des – Gareth won State tennis titles with Carmel High School in 2003/2004.
Stacey Evans won a State tennis title with Carmel High School in 2003 and reached the State doubles final in 2006
Stacey Evans won a State tennis title with Carmel High School in 2003 and reached the State doubles final in 2006
Strong Matabeland field hockey team which won the Inter-Provincial (State) title in 1976
Des in his field hockey playing days is at the back on the right
Des in his field hockey playing days (1972) is at the back on the right
Des playing field hockey for Rhodesia against West Germany at an Uli Vos short corner
Des playing field hockey for Rhodesia against West Germany at an Uli Vos short corner
Champion 'Bele hockey team. A great side!
Champion ‘Bele hockey team. A great side! – with Dave West, Malcolm Saunders, Keith Wither, the late Ian “Zoo” Ault, Mike Huggett, the late Robin Brown (Coach), Chris Robinson, Mike Braum, the late Kenny Rice, the late Alan Peake, (Front) Des Van Jaarsveldt, Des Evans, Trevor Moore, Mike Bagshaw, Mark Wyness, Brian Fraser
My nephew Dale played cricket for Durham, Natal and South Africa
My nephew Dale played cricket for Durham, Natal and South Africa
My step-brother Colin Dowdeswell is former ATP professional and Wimbledon doubles finalist in 1975
My step-brother Colin Dowdeswell is a former ATP professional and Wimbledon doubles finalist in 1974
Colin lost to Cliff Richey in the final of the South African Open
Colin reached the final of the South African Open twice – losing to Cliff Richey and Johan Kriek respectively
Colin was an ATP touring pro and world class doubles player
Colin was an ATP touring pro and world class doubles player
A memorable day for Lorna and Des hitting with legendary coach Sheila Evans at Wimbledon
A memorable day for Lorna and Des hitting with legendary coach Sheila (Dowdeswell) Evans at Wimbledon

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