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Exciting all-rounder Joey Evison quickly settling into life with Kent

Joey Evison hasn’t taken long to find his feet at Kent.

The all-rounder agreed to join permanently from 2023 in July - but already has a winners’ medal to his name.

Kent's Joey Evison in final action on his return to Trent Bridge. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kent's Joey Evison in final action on his return to Trent Bridge. Picture: Barry Goodwin

He linked up with his new side, initially just for their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign on loan from Nottinghamshire, and played a starring role in their final success against Lancashire at Trent Bridge in September, on his return to his old home ground.

Evison struck 97 and took 2-34 as Kent beat Lancashire by 21 runs.

“This loan period has been really good for me,” said Evison, who turns 21 this month.

“It’s nice to integrate yourself into the team before your actual deal starts. And I’m getting first-team cricket down here, which is always nice.”

But Evison has now officially become a Kent player on a full-time basis, having signed a three-year contract.

He said: “It’s nice for them [Kent’s hierarchy] to see the potential that I have got.

“Obviously I have moved here to play more first-team cricket and have more opportunities than what I was thinking I was going to get at Notts in the next couple of years. So I’m really excited to be here.

“I have settled in really well.

"All the lads have been really good. I have enjoyed every minute of it.”

Evison knew some of Kent’s squad even prior to joining and it hasn’t taken him long to make more friends.

“I played under-19s cricket [for England] with Jordan Cox and Hamid Qadri,” he explained. “I had Ben Compton with me at Notts as well.

“But even players who I didn’t know before I came here, I have become good mates with them.”

Right-handed Evison played for England alongside Qadri and 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 has been impressed with how much the pair have developed in recent years, spinner Qadri performing with bat and ball for Kent in 2022 while wicketkeeper Cox earned his first senior England call-up for the recent T20 tour of Pakistan - although he didn’t feature in the seven-match series.

Evison said: “They both have developed loads since I last saw them.

“It’s good to see other young players coming through.”

Evison may have already shone in the 50-over format for Kent, however he also played in their last away game of the 2022 County Championship season at Hampshire, as they won by 77 runs, finishing fifth in Division 1.

He sees himself as an all-format all-rounder but knows he will have his work cut out if he’s to make any of Kent’s squads on a regular basis.

“My aim is to get into all those first-teams,” he said.

“But we have got a great squad.

"Hopefully if I can get myself into the team, it’s going to be a good couple of years for me.”

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