As the final chapter of this seasons Specsavers County Championship drew to a close, a frustrated Jamie Overton was watching the heroics of his teammates from the sidelines.
The 22 year old suffered an injury in July against Middlesex and has been unable to take to the field since as he explained when we caught up with him earlier this week. “I picked up a stress fracture in my lower back, which as a bowler is not ideal,” he said. “Having said that, I’m progressing nicely and I feel like I’m in a good place.”
“For the first three or four weeks I had to focus on rest and I couldn’t really do much at all. Since then I’ve been doing a little bit of rehab and a bit of light gym work. The rehab is starting to pick up a little bit now and I’m doing some work with Daz (Darren Veness, Somerset CCC Head of Strength and Conditioning) which is good because it’s keeping me active. Everything seems to be coming on nicely.”
How has Jamie coped with being forced to watch from the sidelines? “Obviously I want to be out there playing especially as the lads have been doing so well. I’m not the best of watchers usually but it’s been great to watch the lads end the season so strongly.”
When can we expect to see him back doing what he does best? “It’s still pretty early on in the recovery process but I hope that I will be fit by Christmas. I’ve got a couple of weeks off in October and then I’ll be back in a few weeks before the rest of the lads return. The goal is to be ready in time for the England Pace Programme which meets in Loughborough and then heads to Potchefstroom in January. I’ve got another scan in a couple of weeks and hopefully that will show that everything is healing the way we hoped it would.”
Somerset Lead Physiotherapist Jamie Thorpe said: “Jamie’s rehab is going really well and he’s progressing smoothly through the required stages. He recently began running on the Alter-G system at 40 Commando which is a treadmill that uses air to reduce body-weight and therefore allows the appropriate load to the injured area. He will have another scan soon and if the findings of that scan are positive then we will move on to the next stage of his rehab programme.”