Craig commits his future to Somerset
Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to exclusively reveal that Craig Overton has committed his future to the Club.
The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension which will see him remain at the Cooper Associates County Ground until at least the conclusion of the 2023 season.
After joining the Somerset Academy as a 16-year-old, Craig went on to make his Somerset debut in April 2012 in a County Championship match against Lancashire.
Prior to joining the Somerset Academy, the allrounder had caught the eye playing for West Buckland School, North Devon CC and, having been part of Devon’s excellent performance programmes, played in their County Age group teams. During his time on the Academy, and in his early years as a professional, he also successfully represented Devon NCCA on numerous occasions.
Since making his debut, Craig has been one of the Club’s most consistently impressive performers.
He has featured in over 170 matches for the County, claiming more than 370 wickets and scoring in excess of 3000 runs. He was also named as the Club’s Player of the Season for 2017.
Craig’s performances for Somerset have quite rightly earned him recognition at international level. He made his England debut in the Ashes Test at Adelaide in 2017, making an immediate impact by bowling Australian Captain, Steve Smith. He has gone on to play in four Tests, an ODI and is a key member of the current England pathway.
After committing his future to the County, Craig said: “I’m obviously delighted to have signed a new contract with my home club. The dream was always to play for Somerset and win trophies with the Club. The success that we had last year has given me that extra drive to go on and win that elusive Championship that we all want.
“I feel very settled here, it’s close to home, the squad that we’ve got is so good and I feel like I’m in a really good place at the moment.
“The Members and supporters are a massive part of this Club and they help us so much as a side. The support that we get in all formats is amazing, so hopefully we can keep winning games for them.
Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Everyone connected with Somerset County Cricket Club is delighted that Craig has extended his contract and committed his future to the Club. He has a wealth of experience and is consistently one of country’s leading performers.
“His contributions both on and off the field continue to add real value to the Club and it has been a genuine pleasure to see him blossom since he made his First Class debut as an 18-year-old.
“We look forward to him continuing to pull on the Wyvern and being a match winner for Somerset for the foreseeable future.”
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