Craig Overton

CraigOverton

Right-Handed Batsman, Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler

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Craig was educated at West Buckland School in North Devon and has progressed through the Devon Age Groups before graduating from the Somerset Academy.

In 2011 he was a member of the National Performance Programme and toured Sri Lanka with the England Under 19s. In 2012 he was a member of the England Under 19 World Cup squad in Australia.

Craig made his First Class debut in 2012 against Lancashire at Taunton and also his List A debut against Durham at Chester-le-Street at the end of the season he was named Somerset Academy Player of the Year.

During that winter he was selected for the England Lions tour to Australia where he performed well. Sadly, a stress fracture of the back prevented Craig playing in all but one match in 2013.

Restored to full fitness Craig made great strides in 2014 playing in 13 First Class matches scoring 431 runs with a highest of 99 against Lancashire at Taunton and taking 42 wickets with a best of 5 for 63 against Durham at the same venue.

In one-day cricket, Craig played in 14 matches scoring 80 runs and taking 7 wickets in 2014.

Craig enjoyed his best season to date in 2015 during which he underlined that he is a genuine all-rounder, scoring 320 runs at an average of 29.09 with three 50s and taking 43 wickets at 21.70 with a best of 6 for 74.

He also claimed 12 List A wickets at 20.83 in the six matches he played.

During the summer Craig was called up for the England ODI series but didn’t play and the 2015-16 winter he is involved with the ECB performance programme.

Craig enjoyed another successful season in 2016, during which he scored 435 first class runs including his maiden century- 138 against Hampshire at Taunton and took 34 wickets.

2017 saw Craig progress his game even further and he played in virtually every game in all formats. In the Championship he took 46 wickets at 22.39, in T20 he claimed 15 at 27.33, while in the Royal London One Day Cup he was Somerset’s leading wicket taker with 16 at 24.06.

Craig was chosen for the England T20 squad for their series against South Africa, but didn’t get picked. On the strength of his best ever season Craig was selected by England for their Ashes tour over the winter. He made in Test Match debut in Adelaide, top scoring with an unbeaten 41 in England’s first innings. His first wicket was that of Australian Captain Steve Smith.

In 2018 Craig played 11 Championship matches in which he scored 331 runs and took 37 wickets, the joint highest for Somerset. He also took 12 wickets at an average of 28 in six RLODC matches.

2019 was another very impressive year for Craig. He was outstanding throughout Somerset’s County Championship campaign, recording 45 First Class wickets at an average of 18.86. He was rewarded with a call-up to the England team for the 4th Ashes Test against Australia. Craig also played a starring role as Somerset won the Royal London One-Day Cup, ending 2nd in the overall MVP list for the tournament.

Craig has notched up 8 test appearances for England, taking 21 wickets with a best of 3/14 against India. He has also played 4 ODIs.

Craig enjoyed excellent 2020 and 2021 seasons taking 72 First Class wickets and winning the Somerset County Championship Player of the Season Award. He was also included in the 2021 PCA team of the year.

LV= Insurance County Championship Division One 2022

Batting
Games
5
Innings Batted
8
Runs Scored
109
Batting Average
15.57
Not Out
1
Fifties Scored
0
Hundreds Scored
0
Highest Runs Scored
44
Balls Faced
130
Fours Scored
11
Sixes Scored
3
Strike Rate
83.85
Bowling
Innings Bowled
9
Total Overs Bowled
159.1
Total Balls Bowled
955
Wickets Taken
26
Bowling Average
16.27
Best Bowling
7 for 57
Economy Rate
2.66
Five Wickets
2
Ten Wickets
1
Catches
9

LV= Insurance County Championship 2021

Batting
Games
8
Innings Batted
11
Runs Scored
237
Batting Average
23.70
Not Out
1
Fifties Scored
2
Hundreds Scored
0
Highest Runs Scored
74
Balls Faced
433
Fours Scored
31
Sixes Scored
0
Strike Rate
54.73
Bowling
Innings Bowled
14
Total Overs Bowled
270.3
Total Balls Bowled
1623
Wickets Taken
42
Bowling Average
15.48
Best Bowling
5 for 25
Economy Rate
2.40
Five Wickets
4
Ten Wickets
0
Catches
9

Vitality Blast 2021

Batting
Games
11
Innings Batted
7
Runs Scored
51
Batting Average
12.75
Not Out
3
Fifties Scored
0
Hundreds Scored
0
Highest Runs Scored
16
Balls Faced
38
Fours Scored
5
Sixes Scored
2
Strike Rate
134.21
Bowling
Innings Bowled
11
Total Overs Bowled
37.0
Total Balls Bowled
222
Wickets Taken
13
Bowling Average
20.31
Best Bowling
3 for 28
Economy Rate
7.14
Five Wickets
0
Ten Wickets
0
Catches
10
Batting - First Class Matches
95
Batting - First Class Innings
137
Batting - First Class Not Outs
17
Batting - First Class Runs
2681
Batting - First Class HS
138
Batting - First Class Average
22.34
Batting - First Class Fifties
13
Batting - First Class Hundreds
1
Fielding - First Class Catches
73
Batting - List A Matches
46
Batting - List A Innings
35
Batting - List A Not Outs
12
Batting - List A Runs
560
Batting - List A HS
66*
Batting - List A Average
24.35
Batting - List A Fifties
1
Batting - List A Hundreds
0
Fielding - List A Catches
21
Batting - T20 Matches
50
Batting - T20 Innings
28
Batting - T20 Not Outs
12
Batting - T20 Runs
283
Batting - T20 HS
35*
Batting - T20 Average
17.69
Batting - T20 Fifties
0
Fielding - T20 Catches
27
Bowling - First Class Overs
2635.4
Bowling - First Class Maidens
642
Bowling - First Class Runs Conceded
7964
Bowling - First Class Wickets
336
Bowling - First Class Best
6-24
Bowling - First Class Average
23.70
Bowling - First Class 5WI
13
Bowling - First Class 10WM
0
Bowling - List A Overs
360.5
Bowling - List A Maidens
20
Bowling - List A Runs Conceded
1948
Bowling - List A Wickets
72
Bowling - List A Best
5-18
Bowling - List A Average
27.06
Bowling - T20 Overs
164
Bowling - T20 Maidens
1
Bowling - T20 Runs Conceded
1447
Bowling - T20 Wickets
51
Bowling - T20 Best
3-17
Bowling - T20 Average
28.37

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