Somerset’s Jamie Overton smashed an astonishing innings of 142 not out from just 55 balls against Sidmouth last Saturday.
Playing for his league club side North Devon CC, Jamie took the Devon Premier Division champions bowling apart, flaying them to all corners of The Fortfield.
During a 15-over stay at the crease, Jamie hit an incredible 124 of his runs in boundaries, clubbing 13 fours and 12 sixes.
His innings was all the more remarkable given the precarious position North Devon found themselves when Jamie walked to the crease at 65-4, still needing another 180 runs to overtake Sidmouth’s total of 244.
First Overton shared a stand of 90 for the fifth wicket with Tom Allin spread across eight overs. Allin made 58 at exactly a run a ball, striking eight fours and two sixes himself, although his innings was made to appear sedate compared to his partner at the other end!
After their partnership was broken when Allin was bowled, Jack Pudney came and went quickly and Devon slipped to 178-6.
However Overton was joined by his skipper Matt Westaway and proceeded to win the game at breakneck speed.
Their unbeaten stand of exactly 80 was compiled in a mere 6.4 overs. Overton went from 77 to 142 during the partnership, of which Westaway contributed just four!
All the Sidmouth bowlers got the treatment, including the league’s leading wicket-taker Dan Babula who went for 79 runs in his nine overs.
Earlier, Sidmouth, without Adam Dibble for this game, were indebted to keeper Peter Randerson with 52 and several useful contributions from the tail. Bowled out with three overs of their innings still remaining, Sidmouth would still have felt that 244 was a competitive total.
But they had bargained without Overton’s intervention.
Despite the result, Sidmouth finished top of the league as Premier Division champions by the huge margin of 74 points over second place Plymouth. North Devon finished in sixth place.
Meanwhile Max Waller’s league side Torquay finished in eighth place, 54 points clear of the relegation zone after winning their final game at the Recreation Ground against Bovey Tracey CC.
Waller took 2-17 in 10 overs as Torquay restricted Bovey Tracey to 191-8 in their 50 overs. Opening the innings when the hosts replied, Waller was run out for 17, after hitting three boundaries. However with Fahad Iqbal making an unbeaten 83, Torquay reached their target for the loss of five wickets with 6.4 overs to spare.
Sidmouth CC v North Devon CC – http://northdevon.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11862555
Torquay CC – 1st XI Vs Bovey Tracey CC – http://torquay.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11862526
Devon Cricket League Premier Division final table after 18 matches: http://northdevon.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=1443&season_id=72
Thank you to the Devon Cricket website for additional information in compiling this report: http://www.devoncricket.co.uk/page.asp?p=overton_slammer