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Jamie and Craig Overton save Somerset

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Somerset were reliant on a late rally from the Overton twins, Jamie and Craig, to resound their authority in the rain-affected County Championship Division One match with Warwickshire.

After a strong start on day one, the visitors began the second morning on 237-3 at Edgbaston. Both James Hildreth (98) and Nick Compton (92) came agonisingly close to centuries, but a 69-run stand for the final wicket took Somerset past 400 for their first innings.

The two right-arm bowlers were separated by George Dockrell in the batting order, but were reunited in the middle when the spinner was dismissed for just 1.

Craig - who was batting at number 11 - played more of a supporting role as his twin brother recorded his highest-ever first-class knock of 56. Coming from just 44 balls, and including 10 fours and a six, the last man in really took the wind out of the Warwickshire sails.

Wind carrying rain proved to be the home side’s only saving grace as delays in play made a draw a more and more likely result in Birmingham.

Jamie Overton was eventually dismissed by two Irishmen as he was caught by William Porterfield off of the bowling of Boyd Rankin.

The 20-year-old twins both made their Somerset debuts back in 2012 and worked well in tandem as a batting partnership. However, the two cricketers both specialise more with a ball in hand.

Jamie took 35 wickets in the Championship last year - a figure he will be looking to surpass this summer. Adding runs to his game will only endear him further with the England youth and Lions set-ups respectively.

After being outshone by his brother with the bat, Craig Overton took Somerset’s first wicket of the game when he had opener, Varun Chopra, caught by Alviro Petersen for 27. Warwickshire closed the second day of play on 78-1, trailing their opponents by 333 runs.

Having been put into bat, Somerset will have been very happy to have progressed along to 411 in their first innings, with their final wicket partnership arriving as a warmly welcomed supplementary surprise.

The twins at the disposal of Somerset are two blossoming bowlers who could have some successful careers lying ahead of them.

Craig made his way into the England Lions squad that toured Australia at the end of 2013 meanwhile both brothers represented their country at the Under-19 World Cup down under.


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