Twin Lions aces are Over the moon with new Somerset deal
SOMERSET duo Craig and Jamie Overton have put Matthew Maynard’s mind at ease by committing to contract extensions at the Division One relegation battlers through to 2020.
The 23-year-old twin brothers had one year left remaining on their old terms and have remained loyal to their county who sit seventh in the County Championship.
Earmarked by the powers that be within the England set-up for their star potential, Craig Overton explained his plan to build on credentials at a club featuring a number of promising academy products.
“I’m really pleased to have committed my future to Somerset,” Craig said. “It’s an exciting time for the club and there is a real feeling that we are on the verge of something big.
“There are a lot of really good young players here at the moment and hopefully the squad can realise its potential and really give the supporters something to cheer about.”
Providing the seam attack to go with the spin of Jack Leach, Somerset’s bowling department has shown topof-the-table form during this year’s Championship. But with only one batsman in Dean Elgar posting an average over 40, the county has been blighted by a lack of runs.
With challenging fixtures against Essex and Lancashire to come, Jamie Overton revealed he was relishing stepping back onto the field for a club he and his brother cherish.
He said: “It’s great to have signed this extension and I can’t wait to get back out in to the middle for the club that has been a part of my life for so long. It’s amazing to be able come in every day and work with so many quality players.We’re desperate for Somerset success and I’m sure that it’s just a matter of time until we achieve something special.”
Personal achievements have been in no short supply for the duo who both earned call-ups to the England ODI squad to face New Zealand in 2015, but neither were selected for the starting XI.
Building on stunning form for Somerset that year when he took 43 Championship wickets at 21.70, Craig Overton was introduced into the England Lions camp in 2016 where he has continued to be coached under England’s development programme – featuring against South Africa A earlier this year.
Feeling the best is yet to come, Somerset chief executive Lee Cooper commented on how the club were privileged to have players who are not only of high calibre but were in line with the values held in Taunton.
“Craig and Jamie are exceptionally talented players and to have secured their long-term futures is a real coup for the club,” Cooper said. “Our policy is to identify, develop and back local talent in order to make that the core of any Somerset side and the Overton brothers epitomise exactly that.”
Extended deals: Jamie and Craig Overton