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Full name Jamie Overton
Born April 10, 1994, Barnstaple, Devon
Current age 20 years 262 days
Major teams Devon, Devon Under-13s, Devon Under-14s, Devon Under-15s, Devon Under-17s, England A, England Under-19s, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Education West Buckland School
Relation Twin brother - C Overton
|First-class debut||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, May 16-19, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, May 4, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Somerset at Nottingham, Sep 9, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/60, 4*, 1/61, 12*||Somerset||v Yorkshire||Leeds||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|1/0, 13, 2/31||Smrst 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Taunton||16 Sep 2014||Other|
|1/40, 1, 1/36, 12||Smrst 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Woodman Cote||1 Sep 2014||Other|
|28, 1/37||Devon||v Oxfordshire||Wormsley||27 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|41*, 0/15||Smrst 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Taunton||7 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|1/39, 1, 2/35||Smrst 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Taunton||4 Aug 2014||Other|
|-||Smrst 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Taunton||29 Jul 2014||Other|
|50*, 3/33||Smrst 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Sidmouth||24 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|0, 1/31, 4, 0/36||Devon||v Wiltshire||Devizes||20 Jul 2014||Other|
|35, 3/36||Devon||v Cheshire||Sidmouth||13 Jul 2014||Other OD|
It did not take long for Jamie Overton to attract the attention of England's selectors. Blessed with unusual pace and height (he is six foot, five inches), Overton was called into the England squad for the ODI series against Australia at the end of 2013 aged just 19 and with only 13 List A games behind him.
Although he did not play, it was clear that Overton had made a strong impression on England bowling coach, David Saker, while representing Somerset against the touring Australians and had been identified as one for the future. Some, such as former England captain Mike Atherton, suggested he could be an outside bet for a place in the Ashes tour that winter and a haul of 6-95 against Middlesex in May 2013 did his claim no harm. Instead he was chosen for the Lions tour of Sri Lanka that winter, but was obliged to pull out due to a knee injury.
Three minutes younger than his twin, Craig, Jamie is quicker but less accurate. Mixing the odd jaffa with a liberal sprinkling of short and wide deliveries, Jamie evoked memories of Andre van Troost when he first appeared in the Somerset first team as a gangly 18-year-old.
Both twins progressed through the Devon ranks and, having graduated to first team club cricket at the age of 14, were monitored by Somerset from the time they were 15. Jamie made his England U19 debut in 2011, his first-class debut in May 2012, a few weeks after Craig, then played for England U19s in the World Cup in Australia and toured South Africa with the same squad. A spell of bowling against Australia in Townville in which he exceeded 150kph attracted attention. He made his Lions debut in August 2013.
A belligerent batsman with a decent eye for the ball but little patience, he has scored a couple of first-class half-centuries and added 69 in 57 balls against Warwickshire for the 10th-wicket with his brother in 2014.
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