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Surrey batter Laurie Evans has signed for the Perth Scorchers to play in this year’s Big Bash League.

A Surrey Academy graduate who recently rejoined the Club, Evans comes with a wealth of experience and the reputation of a power hitter capable of match-winning brilliance.

Evans has also made his mark on the international stage, playing T20 cricket in the Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League.

Laurie hit three impressive half-centuries for Surrey in the Vitality Blast T20 competition earlier this year, compiling 298 runs that featured a top score of 65.

Perth Scorchers Head Coach Adam Voges said; “Laurie is a top player who will bring versatility, power and experience to the team, he is a great competitor, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Scorchers.”

Speaking this week, Evans said: “I am chuffed to bits to be given the opportunity to play for the Scorchers this summer, they are a really successful team in the Big Bash.

“I think over my career I have prided myself on being there at the end and winning games of cricket in tight situations, that’s what I’ll be looking to do.

“The Big Bash is certainly a tournament the world looks at as one of the biggest and I’m just really grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of it.”

As well as Evans, Surrey seamer Reece Topley has signed to play for Melbourne Renegades and Tom Curran is at the Sydney Sixers. Opening bat Jason Roy was also due to play for the Sixers but is now ruled out after suffering an injury during the latter stages of the recent World T20 in the UAE.