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Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain sing praises of Somerset's Jamie Overton

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

By Andrew Jones

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JAMIE OVERTON earned rave reviews from two former England captains as he went agonisingly close to bowling Somerset to victory.

Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain praised the 19-year-old from Northam for his part in the thrilling draw with Warwickshire in an LV= County Championship match televised live by Sky Sports.

Atherton even went so far as to tip Overton as a contender for a place in the England squad for this winter's Ashes tour.

Atherton, writing in The Times, said: "It was Overton who really caught the eye and on this evidence he is an outside bet for the Ashes tour this winter.

"He was the quickest bowler on show by some distance and with that pace he brought startling accuracy as well as impressive stamina."

Overton finished with figures of 32-7-126-3 after Marcus Trescothick, the captain, used him as his main spearhead with Somerset striving in vain to take the final wicket on Sunday evening.

Last pair Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby survived the final hour to deny the home side. Overton was desperately unlucky not to have dismissed them.

Having removed Laurie Evans, Tim Ambrose and Chris Woakes, Overton saw James Hildreth, at first slip, drop an edge from Clarke and clearly had Hannon-Dalby caught behind, only for the batsman to be given not out.

Hussain, commentating on Sky, said: "What a beauty it (the delivery) was – he's got the ball reversing round the wicket Flintoffesque. It should be game over.

"He's good this lad, he's really good.

"He's got the ball reversing round the wicket, angling in, moving away, this is superb from a 19-year-old."

Warwickshire closed on 427 for nine with Somerset spinner Jack Leach, named man of the match, taking five for 63 in only his fourth first-class game.

Replying to Somerset's first-innings 406, Warwickshire were bowled out on Friday for 158, with Overton taking two for 47 off 15 overs.

His twin, Craig, also played, bowling an impressively tight first-innings spell for 10-4-7-1.

His second-innings figures were 13-2-60-0.

While this summer's home Ashes series will come too soon for the Overtons, one former North Devon player is likely to be involved.

Chris Rogers, the 35-year-old opening batsman who spent three summers at Instow in the late Nineties, has been named in Australia's 16-man tour squad.

Lewis Gregory, the Overtons' Somerset team-mate, is in the Devon squad for the match against Hertfordshire at Instow on Bank Holiday Monday (11am).

There are no players from North Devon among the 13 named for the MCCA Knockout Trophy tie, which is the county side's only visit to the region this summer.

Gregory is joined by ex-Somerset players Matt Wood, James Burke and Rob Woodman.

Devon: Rob Woodman (Taunton Deane), James Burke (Budleigh Salterton), David Lye (Exmouth), Matt Wood (Plumtree), Josh Bess (Sidmouth), Neil Hancock (Bovey Tracey), Matt Thompson (Torquay), Lewis Gregory (Plympton), Trevor Anning (Exmouth), Liam Lewis (Sidmouth), Gary Chappell (Exmouth), Chris Bradley (Bovey Tracey), Matt Kidd (Budleigh Salterton).

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