Craig taking everything in his stride

It’s been a busy week for Craig Overton.

In the last seven days he’s played a leading role in Somerset’s opening two Bob Willis Trophy victories, signed a new contract with the Club and claimed his 300th First Class wicket.

Despite all the attention that this has brought him, the 26-year-old is taking everything in his stride.

“It’s been a pretty good few days,” he said when we caught up with him earlier this week. “Obviously there are more important things going on in the world at the moment, but it was good to finally get back out on the field after the long break. To start in the way that we have has been great to see and hopefully we can carry that on for the rest of the season.”

When Craig dismissed Emilio Gay in the Northamptonshire first innings, courtesy of a Steve Davies catch, he claimed his 300th First Class scalp.

Was he aware that the milestone was on the horizon?

“I knew that I was close to it during the game against Glamorgan,” he explained. “When you get close to a landmark you tend to start getting text messages reminding you about it. As I say, I knew I was close but I try not to worry too much about things like that. I just try to help Somerset win games and hopefully we can keep doing that.

“I don’t really focus on personal milestones to be honest. The main thing for me is that Somerset are winning games. Obviously, I’d like to get 500 wickets and then move on from there, but the most important thing is that the team are winning.

“The team comes first 100%. It’s about winning games as a team.”

Does Craig remember his maiden First Class victim?

“My first was a dirty long-hop to Ashwell Prince that was caught at mid-wicket. I’d like to think I’ve had a few better deliveries since then, but hopefully I can now go on to take a few more.”

Which of those 300 wickets is his most prized dismissal?

“I was talking about that with the lads a few days ago. Steve Smith has got to be right up there but for Somerset I think it has to be Kumar Sangakkara. Those are probably the two that stand out the most for me.”

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