Craig and Jamie are back in town, but not for long!
A number of Somerset players returned to Taunton this week to prepare for their winter training programme.
Two of those back at the County Ground were Jamie and Craig Overton, but their stay is set to be a short one because they will be off on their travels tomorrow (Wednesday).
Speaking on Monday afternoon Jamie said: “It’s always good to be back at the County Ground at the start of another winter catching up with some familiar faces.”
These were sentiments echoed by his brother Craig: “We haven’t seen a number of the boys since the season ended,” Craig said. “It was nice to catch up with everyone and have a chat. Its been almost five weeks now since we ended so its nice to come back and get going again.”
The twins are only 21 yet they seem to have been part of the Somerset scene for a long while. “I think that this will be our fourth season on the staff here,” said Craig. “The time seems to have flown by so we need to make the most of it and enjoy it as much as possible.”
Both of the Overton’s enjoyed successful seasons in 2015 about which Jamie said: “I felt pretty good about it and I liked the way that I finished the season as well. I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to at the start but come the end I was playing in every game and was very happy to be involved. For the first time this year I also played in the NatWest T20 Blast which was a bit weird because I hadn’t played much of that format in my career. It was good to get a few games and I felt that I did pretty well
Craig was also pleased with how last season went. “Things went pretty well for me with bat and ball,” he said. “I didn’t quite manage to get that hundred but I know that it’s going to come sooner or later. With the ball I felt that I went a bit further than I did last year and I managed to get the new ball and get the wickets which is what I always wanted to do. That was massive for me and its always great to do it when the team wins. This year we didn’t perform as well as we could as a team but we went in the right direction at the end of the season which is showing good signs of development going into next year.”
One of the high spots for Somerset fans and also for the Overton’s was their last wicket partnership of 76 runs off 34 balls which included an 18 ball half century for Jamie against Yorkshire. Regarding the partnership Jamie said: “It was great fun really because we both know that we are going to play like that. We decided to have a bit of fun and it didn’t matter too much if we got out. We just played our natural game, which for me is trying to be positive and Craig was the same. I think we make each other play better because when we are out in the middle together we always score runs. Hopefully we will get more chances in the future.”
Who is going to be first brother to get a century for the First XI? “I assume its going to be me,” said Craig. “You never know though because Jamie can get 100 off 30 balls in any game so we will have to wait and see!”
After they finished their training for the day the Overton’s were heading home to complete their packing because they fly out to Potchefstroom tomorrow (Wednesday) as part of the ECB Performance Programme. Ahead of the trip Jamie said: “We are both off to South Africa to work on our bowling for 12 days in Potch’ and then we go onto Dubai for eight days so it should be good.”
Looking forward to next season Jamie said: “ I think we will be looking to carry on with the way we ended 2015. We will be trying to improve over the winter, comeback even stronger and keep on taking those wickets.”
Craig then added: “It seems a long way off at the minute but it soon comes around, so we need to try our hardest this winter and be ready for next season when it arrives.”
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