Craig hungry for his next 100 wickets.
During Somerset’s last LV=County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley Craig Overton took four for 64, the last of which was his 100th wicket in First Class cricket, which have been taken at an average of 24.55.
Back at the County Ground this week the 21 year old, who made his debut against Lancashire at Taunton in April 2012, said: “To get 100 First Class wickets is something that I have dreamed of as I have been growing up and hopefully there will be a lot more for Somerset.
“My first wicket in First Class cricket was Ashwell Prince who was caught at mid wicket off a dirty long hop which felt very special.”
Talking about his debut Craig said: “It was between me and Jamie as to who played and I probably found out about it only an hour or so before the match. It was disappointing for Jamie but nice that it was me who got to play in that game. I am the oldest twin so maybe I should have played first! However Jamie made his debut a few weeks later at Surrey .
“You always want to get to 100 wickets as soon as possible and to reach it in 31 games I would definitely take as I was missing for most of 2013 injured.”
Which is his biggest wicket so far? “Ashwell Prince was my first and is probably up there as one of the biggest that I have taken along with Jonathan Trott. He was pretty special as well. I can certainly remember my six wickets at Edgbaston earlier this year because that is my career best so far. It’s always nice to get five because I have had a lot of four wicket games. However five wicket matches are what bowlers want so to get six wickets was pretty special for me.”
Craig has also scored 859 First Class runs at an average of 25.26, however he is still trying to score his first century. “I had 99 against Lancashire last year,” he said. That’s as near as you can get but I’ve not quite got to a hundred yet. I am trying to improve my batting and get as many runs as I can for the team because we all know just how important lower order runs can be.”
Looking forward to this weeks match against Hampshire Craig said: “This week is the toughest one yet and whoever wins will probably stay up. It’s a big game for us and hopefully we can put in a big performance like we did against Worcestershire. In that game we scored a lot of runs and the bowlers backed it up before the rain came. Hopefully we can do it again, get a win and secure our Division One status.”
Craig added: “It would be very nice to get a five for and a ton to go with it to help Somerset win. That would be great!”