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Kent batsman Zak Crawley involved in unbeaten 157-run partnership as The Perth Scorchers beat Crawley’s old side Hobart Hurricanes in the T20 Big Bash League in Australia

Zak Crawley helped lead The Perth Scorchers to victory on his return to the T20 Big Bash League in Australia on Wednesday.

Kent batsman Crawley struck an unbeaten 46-ball 65 in Perth and shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 157 runs with Australian Aaron Hardie, who scored 85 not out from just 45 balls.

Kent batsman Zak Crawley – struck an unbeaten 65 to help The Perth Scorchers beat former club Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday. Picture: Keith Gillard
Kent batsman Zak Crawley – struck an unbeaten 65 to help The Perth Scorchers beat former club Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday. Picture: Keith Gillard

That ensured they chased down Hobart Hurricanes’ 20-over total of 172-8 inside only 16.1 overs. Crawley, 25, had enjoyed his first Big Bash spell Down Under with Hobart Hurricanes in the 2022/23 campaign.

Among Crawley’s new Scorchers team-mates are 2023 Minster CC (Sheppey) man Laurie Evans and Australian spinner Ashton Agar - older brother of fast bowler Wes Agar, who’s set to re-join Kent in the 2024 summer.

It comes after the former Tonbridge School pupil had been dubbed “the King of Bazball” by Australian newspaper The West Australian Sport. “Bazball” is a nickname which has been given to the attacking brand of Test cricket England play under head coach Brendon McCullum and influential all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Reacting to the headline, he told a reporter in Australia: “If I didn’t laugh, I think I’d cry!

“So, I’m trying to see the funny side of it - I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I’m copping a lot of stick – but rightly so!”

Crawley’s Perth Scorchers are next at home to Melbourne Renegades on Boxing Day (10.15am start UK time).

His Kent team-mate Sam Billings is also playing in the same competition for Brisbane Heat, having hit 18 runs in 11 balls in a big win and an 18-ball 23 during a 20-run triumph.

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