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Joey Evison conjures up Kent to Royal London Cup glory towards Lancashire | Royal London Cup

Kent followers can sit straightforward: they could be dropping Darren Stevens, however a ready-made alternative is in place within the type of Joey Evison. On a day that was about waving farewell to the departing 46-year-old all-rounder, it was the 20-year-old Evison who impressed Kent to glory over Lancashire with a stellar all-round show in a 21-run win at Trent Bridge.

Solely weeks into his Kent profession, Evison’s effective 97 was adopted by two wickets, serving to Kent to their first victory in a Record A remaining since 1978.

Chasing an imposing 307, Lancashire went shut in an innings of ebb and circulate however have been pressured to settle upon a season of near-misses; they went into this match having misplaced the T20 Blast remaining and with their County Championship hopes all however over.

Whereas members of the Pink Rose shared glum seems on the shut, Evison and his teammates revelled within the celebrations. There have been six wickets shared between Grant Stewart and Nathan Gilchrist, in addition to a classy 78 from Joe Denly.

For the romantics, after all, this match was additionally about Stevens. The cult hero, who Kent have determined to let go on the finish of the season, contributed a scratchy however finally important 33 not out with the bat on an event that celebrated his storied profession.

A groin damage picked up throughout his innings restricted him to eight wicketless overs with the ball and prompted a untimely departure from the sector however that may matter little within the grand scheme of issues. This most exceptional cricketer – powered by pints of Guinness and an unbelievable love for the sport – will bid farewell to Kent with a medal round his neck.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens.
Kent’s 46-year-old all-rounder Darren Stevens was enjoying his remaining sport for the county. {Photograph}: Steve Poole/ProSports/Shutterstock

“To be enjoying at 46 the best way he’s – he’s been such a large Kent legend,” stated Evison. “It’s been an honour to play with him the final couple of weeks.”

Lancashire misplaced the toss however have been smiling not lengthy after, when Ben Compton fell to Tom Bailey for a four-ball duck within the first over. It was then a case of the children coming to the rescue as Ollie Robinson, 23, settled in with Evison.

There was little motion on provide for the quicks and with the solar gracing Trent Bridge life was good for the batters.

Robinson fell for a 48-ball 43 however Evison remained comfy, making the most of a floor he is aware of effectively. After developing by way of the ranks at Nottinghamshire he joined Kent solely in July, leaving Trent Bridge initially on mortgage however having agreed a everlasting deal that may see him by way of to the tip of the 2025 season. Notts expressed their disappointment at his departure, having provided Evison a three-year contract themselves, however the all-rounder is hungry for extra first-team motion.

Right here he was entrance and centre, with essentially the most mature of knocks. After reaching 50 off 72 deliveries his subsequent 47 took 39 balls, however a deserved century evaded him as a masterly Danny Lamb knuckleball rattled the stumps to finish his enjoyable.

Lancashire, powered by Keaton Jennings’s immaculate timing, had an electrical begin within the chase however a medium-pace squeeze from each ends – Harry Podmore at one, Stevens from the opposite – produced the wicket of Josh Bohannon and briefly pulled again Lancashire’s scoring price.

The twists have been infinite from thereon in. Jennings’s deft touches – together with a chic little sweep off Stevens for 4 – helped Lancashire regain management, taking them to 125 for 2 within the twenty second over.

However the off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri finally had Jennings pop a easy catch to cowl for 72 earlier than Evison struck in his third over, getting Dane Vilas – a centurion in Lancashire’s semi-final defeat of Sussex – to tug the ball on to his stumps for 11.

Qadri and Evison remained economical and after 34 overs the required run-rate moved above eight an over. Steven Croft determined it was time to alter issues up, smashing 5 boundaries within the area of two overs however he discovered midwicket on 72. From there, Lancashire’s hopes light. As soon as once more, they have been pressured to accept silver.

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