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Kent’s Joey Evison praises ‘legend’ Darren Stevens after winning first one-day trophy in 44 years

Joey Evison paid tribute to ‘Kent legend’ Darren Stevens after he helped the county secure their first one-day trophy in 44 years with a 21-round win over Lancashire.

Stevens, 46, was already playing top-flight cricket for five summers when Evison was born in 2001 and is now looking for another county after Kent refused to extend his 18-year stay at Canterbury.

One reason is that Kent recently loaned Evison – another all-rounder in seam bowling – from Nottinghamshire.

He will join the club full-time at the end of the season but in the meantime clinched the Match Award in Saturday’s Royal London Cup final at Trent Bridge.

First he hit 97 in an impressive Kent total of 306 for six. He then took two wickets and kept an excellent catch as Lancashire were restricted to 285, helping Kent to their first one-day silverware since 1978.

Evison said it was “absolutely brilliant” to help Stevens sign off in style.

“All the fans were shouting ‘One more year’ to him, which was nice,” he said. “To play like he is at 46 he was such a huge Kent legend. It was an honor to play with him.

“The reason I left Notts was for opportunities. I’ve had such a great time here but it was nice to show the Kent fans what I’m made of.”

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