When Jamie Overton moved from Somerset to Surrey at the back end of the 2020 County Championship season, it was a new opportunity for the Devon man, who was eager to showcase his skills in a new environment.
Fast forward two-years and Overton is certainly reaping the rewards. Overton made his test match debut in June of this year, and then three months later was crowned a County Championship champion whilst helping Surrey lift their 20th Division One title.
Speaking about his success, Overton said: “It’s been a really enjoyable season, not just for myself but my family.”
“Making my England Test debut was something I will never forget, and it was even better to have my brother there in the changing room cheering me on.”
Overton scored a memorable 97, heading to the crease on debut when England were 55/6. His 241-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow brought England to 296 before he was caught behind.
Though three runs short of a magnificent milestone, the reaction from the fans at Headingly indicated to everyone and Overton his efforts in that moment of the test match.
“To go in at that moment when your team is on the ropes, it was certainly a level of pressure I haven’t faced before,” Overton said. “To fight back the way we did, and to be out there with Jonny was something special.”
“I know it’s cliché to say we were feeding off the crowd’s energy, but as a partnership we were.”
Despite missing the Hundred and the England/South Africa test series through injury, Overton’s return to Surrey has been one to relish. Surrey beat Yorkshire to claim their 20 Division One title since the tournament began. “To win the County Championship with Surrey has been fantastic, it has really topped off a great summer.”
“I have really enjoyed playing for Surrey in all formats, and I look forward to continued success with this squad.
Jamie Overton will be jetting off around the world this Winter, as he looks to further his one day cricket success with a variety of tournaments around the globe, before returning to the UK for another jam packed English cricketing summer.