Jamie Overton smashes maiden first-class century: Somerset’s bowler didn’t hold himself back with the bat in hand.
During the third day of the ongoing Central Group match for the Bob Willis Trophy between Warwickshire and Somerset in Birmingham, Somerset bowler Jamie Overton registered his maiden first-class century to baffle the hosts.
Somerset were 226/8 when Overton came out to bat at No. 10 in the 69th over. Having gained a 105-run lead, one didn’t expect them to extend it to 292 runs within no time.
Overton shared a brisk 180-run partnership for the ninth wicket alongside Somerset wicket-keeper batsman Steven Davies (123*). Having dominated the partnership, Overton was witnessed playing shots to all parts of the ground.
From pulling the fast bowlers at will to hitting them down the ground and from reverse-sweeping the spinner to earning a few fortunate boundaries through the third-man region, Overton never put his foot off the pedal to dismantle the hosts.
Having scored seven first-class half-centuries in the past, Overton didn’t slow down upon nearing the three-figure mark. It was his aggressive approach throughout the knock which saw him scoring 120 (92) with the help of 15 fours and six sixes as Somerset scored 413/9 before declaring their innings.
Wicket-less in the nine overs that he bowled in the first innings, Overton dismissed Warwickshire’s Sam Hain (7) in the second innings to register his first scalp of the match.
Jamie Overton smashes maiden first-class century
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) August 17, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Astonishing batting and bottom-handed clubbing by Jamie Overton here at Edgbaston. A short boundary but still… 120 with 5 sixes off 92 balls and a 9th wkt stand of 180 with Steve Davies 123*. Only 2 players have hit higher innings at number 10 n county cricket!
— Scyld Berry (@scyldberry) August 17, 2020
Jamie Overton has just hit his first century for Somerset.
— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) August 17, 2020
1⃣2⃣0⃣ off 9⃣2⃣ balls for Jamie Overton in the Bob Willis Trophy 🚀🚀
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 17, 2020
— Jamie Jewell (@Jamie_Jewell) August 17, 2020
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