Surrey have signed Sussex batsman Laurie Evans – with the former Academy graduate rejoining the Club on a full-time basis.
Evans, 32, originally played for the Club in the U15s and made his first-class debut in 2009. After leaving for Warwickshire in 2010 he then moved to Sussex but has been back on loan at Surrey in recent weeks – playing in the second and third rounds of the Bob Willis Trophy.
He has signed an initial two year contract at the Kia Oval, where he will become the fifteenth ‘home grown’ player in the Surrey squad, following in the footsteps of all-rounder Rikki Clarke, who rejoined Surrey in 2017 following a period away from the Club.
Whilst at Warwickshire and then Sussex, Evans has developed an international reputation in the white ball game, playing franchise T20 cricket in the Caribbean, Bangladesh and Pakistan Super Leagues as well as two stints in the Dubai based T10 league.
He made his England Lions debut earlier this year, hitting 94 against a Cricket Australia XI in Canberra, before being selected in England’s initial white ball ‘bubble’. Evans will also be looking to press his case in red ball cricket, an area in which he has been given limited opportunity over the last twelve months.
Speaking after signing his contract, Laurie Evans said: “I am really excited at the prospect of beginning a new chapter in my career. I feel my game is developing in the right way and I hope to contribute heavily in the coming years at the Kia Oval.
“I am grateful to Alec for giving me the opportunity of returning to Surrey. It almost feels like coming home. At the same time, I have enjoyed my time tremendously at Hove and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish players and supporters all the best for the future.”
Alec Stewart, Director of Cricket at Surrey County Cricket Club, concluded: “I have known Laurie since his days in our age group teams and at our Club, Malden Wanderers, and am well aware of his abilities and strong character.
“With the number of players we already provide to the England setup – and potentially more to come in the near future – it was important to bring an experienced batsman into our squad. Laurie knows the Club inside out and will add great value to the dressing room.”