Jamie Overton returned to competitive cricket this week providing a further boost for Somerset following their first win of the season against Nottinghamshire on Tuesday.
Overton was in devastating form in the County Championship match at Taunton against Middlesex last month, bowling with real pace and hostility when he suffered an injury to his heel which caused him severe pain and prevented him from bowling in the second innings.
After almost three weeks out of the game, he turned out for his club side North Devon CC against Plymouth last Saturday before taking part in two T20 matches for Second XI against Sussex on Monday.
As a sign of his recovery from the injury, Overton then claimed first innings figures of 5-20 for the Seconds in their three-day Championship match against Sussex.
He missed Sussex’s second innings as he and Max Waller returned to Taunton to prepare for tonight’s opening NatWest T20 Blast fixture, also against Sussex. Both are included in a 13-man squad.
Speaking to The Incider on Sunday about his twin brother’s recovery, Craig Overton said: “Jamie’s doing alright. Obviously he’s been struggling with his ankle – or the bottom of his heel – but he’s back bowling again this week. He played club cricket yesterday, so he’s going nicely, so hopefully Friday.”
Asked about the prospect of bowling in tandem with his brother again, Craig said: “We haven’t quite done it [bowled in tandem] yet this season. “But he’s going nicely so hopefully we’ll both be fit for a game soon and both get going.”
Depending on final selection, that opportunity to see the two Overton brothers in action together could come in tonight’s T20 game with Sussex. Craig has been in fantastic form this week against Nottinghamshire, taking six wickets and hitting 55 off just 31 balls in Somerset’s first innings. Having them both firing at the same time would be a huge boot to Somerset and we wish them both well for tonight.