1st December 2021

Overton twins boost Somerset on third day against Yorkshire

Somerset enjoyed the best of the third day of their LV=Championship game against Yorkshire at Taunton where by the close the visitors led by 124 runs with five second innings wickets remaining.

During the morning session of the third day Somerset fans were treated to a run fest when first of all Tom Cooper took his overnight total of 55 onto 99 after which the Overtons entertained adding 76 off 35 balls before the hosts were all out for 485- a lead of 47.

When they batted for a second time, Yorkshire had reached 171 for five to set up a fascinating final day.

After the close the delighted former Academy pair talked about what they reckoned was their bests day in the Somerset side together.

Jamie said:“ Yes it was nice to have a bit of fun out there and to have Craig out there with me helped play, so it was nice to get some runs with him. It happened up at Edgbaston last season when batted together and I got a 50 in no time.”

Craig said: “I wasn’t surprised to see Jamie hitting it to all parts. After Coops got out on 99 I asked Jamie what he was going to play and he said he’s going to have a go from the start. I know what he can do when its like that and it showed today. He struck it cleanly and played sensible shots and got us into a good position.

“Its great to be batting with him because when he gets going so do I get going and he got a lot of runs in a short space of time as well.

“Normally when you go at a run a ball you are doing well but he was going at a lot more than me, but that is just the way it happens and I am happy be able to contribute with the bat.

Jamie said: “It’s a pretty good pitch even though there have been 11 wickets today so a decent lead was crucial and we have managed to get ourselves into a good position with the ball this evening.

Talking about his bowling Jamie said: “ I gave Craig good support in the final session and I am getting back to where I was even though I get a bit sore occasionally. It is going in the right direction and building pressure gets wickets. He managed to get the wickets and I didn’t but that’s the way it is and as long as we get wickets that’s what is crucial to the team.

Regarding his three wickets Craig said: “ It came out nicely and obviously it is quite hard to get wickets out there. We tried to get it to reverse swing and it did a little bit. It’s quite dry out there so I got it to reverse and its crucial to get the ball to move out there and it got me three out there.

Looking ahead Jamie said: “Its only a few overs to the new ball and when we get there its crucial that we take wickets with it and if we can get them out for less than a lead of 200 we would back ourselves to win.”

Resuming on 309 for four Somerset lost night watchman Alfonso Thomas to the fourth delivery of the day when he was bowled by Liam Plunkett without addition to his score of 4.

New batsman Jim Allenby saw up the 350 with an off driven boundary from Jack Brooks in the 83rd over, however on 31 he was bowled by Steve Patterson with the total on 369.

Pete Trego made 10 before Patterson bowled him as he looked to drive and when the same bowler claimed Barrow, caught down the leg side by ‘keeper Jonny Bairstow Somerset 389 for eight in the 94th over.

Cooper took two fours off Plunkett to move onto 98 and edged even nearer what would have been a well deserved maiden championship century, but on 99 he was caught down the leg side by Bairstow from a shorter ball from Plunkett which made the score 409 for 9.

The departure of Cooper brought the Overton twins together and for the next 5.5 overs the 21 year olds took the Yorkshire attack apart.

Craig took four boundaries off the 101st over, that was bowled by Patterson and determined not to be outdone Jamie took four off the next that was bowled by Adil Rashid, during which the 50 partnership came up off 25 balls.

Jamie Overton broke his bat before the start of the next over from Rashid, but after walking off to collect another he proceeded to hit two enormous sixes one over mid wicket and the other over the Trescothick Stand and into the River Tone which brought up his 50 off 18 balls with seven 4s and three 6s.

However Rashid got his revenge when Jamie was caught at slip by Bresnan.

Craig remained unbeaten on 31, the last wicket stand with his twin brother adding 76 off 35 balls.

When Yorkshire began their innings Trego gave the hosts the dream start when he had Alex Lees caught by ‘keeper Barrow from the fifth ball of the second over which made Yorkshire five for one.

Jack Leaning joined Will Rhodes and the pair established themselves well both looking untroubled in the bright afternoon sunshine.

Leaning saw up the Yorkshire 50 when he hit Jamie Overton to the boundary in the 15th over. The second wicket pair looked well set and heading towards the tea break, but with the total on 82, Johann Myburgh who had entered the attack at the River End had Rhodes on 40, well caught by Jim Allenby, diving to his left at first slip.

By the time that the interval was taken Yorkshire had moved onto 96 without further loss from 36 overs, Leaning unbeaten on 44 and Andrew Gale 8 not outThree overs after tea Leaning went to his half century when he hit Craig Overton to the fine leg boundary, his runs coming off 108 balls and including six 4s.

However three balls later he was caught by James Hildreth at deep backward square leg off the same bowler.

Craig Overton struck again with his next delivery when he had Andrew Gale caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick for 12, which made Yorkshire 109 for four.

Craig Overton picked up his third wicket of the innings when he bowled Glen Maxwell with a fuller pitched delivery and Yorkshire were 117 for 5, which with the first innings deficit made them 70 for five.

Bairstow and Rashid then steadied the situation and remained together until the close by which time Yorkshire had moved onto 171 for five from 68 overs. Bairstow ended the day unbeaten on 33 while Rashid was 23 not out.

By the close Craig Overton had taken three for 36 from his 12 overs two of which have been maidens.