Craig Overton was a happy man after being presented with his Somerset Cap by Alfonso Thomas on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at Taunton but his week got even more special on Friday.
The 22 year old, who played his early cricket in Devon before joining the Somerset Academy, has enjoyed considerable success in a short space of time and last year was called up to join the England One Day squad against Australia.
“It was a very nice feeling to be presented with my County Cap. To play for Somerset and then get my cap is what I have always dreamed about, so it really is something special.”
It was entirely appropriate that his cap should be presented by Alfonso Thomas as Craig explained: “We are golf partners so it was nice that he did it. Growing up he was always the senior bowler in the team and the one that I looked up to, and hopefully I can now wear it with pride.”
To make it even more of a week to remember Craig then went on to make his maiden First Class century for Somerset on Friday.
Overton said: “The game started off well for me with me being capped on day one and then getting my maiden hundred on the final morning was brilliant. It was just a shame that we couldn’t quite force the result at the end, but it has been a pretty memorable match for me overall.
“I was seeing the ball pretty well and once we were told that we would go out and bat for 20 minutes in the morning I knew I had to get to my 100 and then tee off from there. To go out and get my 100 and then get those 50 runs in a few overs was crucial to us and gave us a chance.”
What means most to Overton- being awarded with his County Cap or making his maiden century for Somerset? “This is a tough one,” he said. “I guess getting my cap means slightly more to me because it means that I am contributing in all forms for Somerset but that is very closely followed by my maiden century!”