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Jamie nearly ready to return

Those present at the Cooper Associates County ground for Sunday’s NatWest T20 Blast match against Glamorgan will have seen Jamie Overton starting to bowl again out on the field during the interval.

The 23 year old had a great start to the season, claiming 12 wickets at an average of 26 in the five Specsavers County Championship matches in which he featured.

On the strength of his success he was selected to play for the England Lions against South Africa at Canterbury in late June, during which he sustained a back injury.

Jamie has made a good recovery and is hoping to be back in action for Somerset before the end of the current campaign.

“Thankfully we are starting to get there slowly,” he said. “It’s been quite frustrating for me as you can imagine but things have started to progress more quickly now and I’m starting to feel like I have a good chance of playing again this year.

“It’s been seven weeks since I played my last game so to actually go out onto the pitch and bowl on Sunday was really good.

“Although nothing is certain, I’m hoping to be able to play in the last three Specsavers County Championship games of the year.”

Somerset CCC Lead Physiotherapist Jamie Thorpe said: “Jamie is continuing to progress well. He’s undertaken his running work which has been successful and pain free and he has now started to return to low level bowling drills. Should these be successful, without causing him any pain, then we will move onto repeat imaging. If this shows that there is an improvement in his bone healing then he will be progressed on further.

“If the whole rehab plan goes well then we are hoping that Jamie may be available to be involved in the last three Championship matches of the season. Even if this is the case he will still have to be managed in a careful way by the coaching staff.”

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