An exciting 20-year-old batting all-rounder has agreed to join Kent.
Joey Evison, who will join on a three-year contract from the start of the 2023 season, will also link up with Kent for this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup on loan from current club Nottinghamshire as the competition starts next week.
Evison made his first-class debut in September 2019 and List A bow last July for Notts and, so far, he has five List A and 10 first-class appearances to his name.
In the 2021 Royal London One-Day Cup, he scored a 39-ball 54 against Surrey in a Duckworth-Lewis defeat and took 2-33 against Warwickshire in an 86-run win.
Right-handed Evison played for England alongside soon-to-be Kent team-mates Hamid Qadri and Jordan Cox at the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, scoring 59 off 45 balls in England’s Plate Final against Sri Lanka while also taking three tournament wickets.
He played alongside Kent opener Ben Compton while at Nottinghamshire too.
In his burgeoning first-class career, he scored 109 not out against Sussex earlier this season in Division 2 of the County Championship and he recorded innings figures of 5-21 against Durham in 2021 in the County Championship too.
“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Kent Cricket,” said Evison who made his T20 Blast debut this month for Notts Outlaws and last month signed for Leicestershire on a six-week loan.
“I recognise that I’m still young but I’m hungry for first-team cricket and very much hope I’ll be able to achieve this at Canterbury, as well as helping the team to success in the coming years.”
Kent director of cricket Paul Downton said: “I’m delighted that Joey has chosen to join Kent.
“He’s an exciting talent with the potential to bat in the top-order and also be a threat with the ball. He’s a really hard worker and we’re convinced that he will be a quick learner too, as opportunities come his way.
“We’re also really pleased to have Joey available for us in this season’s Royal London Cup, and he strengthens our 50-over squad ahead of the tournament.
“This is a signing with both the present and the future in mind.
“We can’t wait to see Joey blossom and make a positive impact both on and off the field for Kent.”
On Twitter, Kent skipper Sam Billings wrote: "Welcome Joey! Serious talent."
Evison recently was part of the Leicestershire side which were heavily beaten by Sam Northeast-inspired Glamorgan as the ex-Kent skipper blasted a record unbeaten 410.
The news of Evison’s impending arrival was announced on Saturday just a day after Kent announced seam bowler Matt Milnes is to leave at the end of the season.
"I have loved my time at Notts and have made some great friends and memories there for which I’m incredibly grateful for," Evison added on Twitter.
"I am now very excited to join @KentCricket and repay the faith and backing they have given me.
"Life’s a great adventure."