ONE of Bendigo cricket's great innings has come to an end following the death of Bill Evely.
Better known as "Mo", Evely had a profound impact on the Bendigo District Cricket Association - where he is a Hall of Famer – as both a player and coach.
While he was best known for his involvement at Eaglehawk where he is a legendary figure, Evely spread his experience far and wide at not only club level, but also with umpiring.
As well as his career with Eaglehawk, Evely also had involvements with fellow Bendigo District Cricket Association clubs Sandhurst, Kangaroo Flat and Huntly-North Bendigo as coach, while he also had a stint as coach of Golden Gully in the Emu Valley Cricket Association.
Eaglehawk secretary Phil Kerr described Evely as a revered figure at the Hawks, where he was involved in four premierships – three as a player and one as a coach in 2001-02.
"He was born and bred Eaglehawk and very much loved by the players who he coached," Kerr said.
"He came back to the club in a non-playing capacity after many years of playing coaches and he instilled a strong training regime and fighting spirit on the field.
"It came at a time when the club needed a change of direction, and along with captain Neil Williams, resulted in immediate on-field success in 2001-02 in his first year back when the club won the first and second XI premierships.
"He was always a much loved figure… he had a great wit and banter with the boys and many still recount stories of his coaching and quirky ways."
While Evely was keenly-sought after as a coach, as a player he enjoyed a stellar BDCA career with Eaglehawk between 1950 and 1974.
He played 135 first XI games for the Hawks as a left-arm paceman during a career in which he took 385 wickets – third on the club's all-time list behind Darren Rodda (447) and Max Taylor (432).
With best figures of 8-19, six times he took 10 wickets in a game, while he also took seven wickets in an innings eight times.