With a number of our players plying their trade overseas this winter, we thought we would keep you up to date with how they are getting on.
Craig Overton and Jack Leach.
Craig and Jack are currently in the UAE with the England Lions who today completed a 3-0 ODI series win over their hosts.
Both players featured in the the second match of the series which saw England win by 100 runs. Jack claimed three for seven from 6.2 overs whilst Craig hit 23 from 35 balls including the only two sixes of the innings.
Craig also featured in the final match of the series and put in a man of the match display. First he smashed his way to 21 from just 11 balls in England’s total of 223 and then followed that up with three wickets for just 29 runs from 10 overs as England won by 16 runs.
Both players will hope to feature in the Lions next match which is a four-day match against Afghanistan beginning on Wednesday.
After being selected for an overseas placement as part of the England International Pathway initiative, the Somerset opener is spending a few months with Fremantle in Perth, Australia. He has been keeping Somerset supporters up to date with his progress by writing a diary for this website and here is the latest installment:
“G’day from Australia!
I’ve been out here for about eight weeks now and the time seems to be flying by which I guess is a good sign! I’ve got another couple of weeks here before I fly back to England for Christmas and I’m looking forward to having a couple of weeks off back home. It breaks the season up quite nicely.
Things over here have gone from strength to strength for us as a side and we are sitting in second place having won six from six. We are playing some really good stuff and the team has a very strong look about it. Similar to the dressing room back at Somerset, we have a great set of lads and the atmosphere around the team and club is fantastic. It’s a great place to be spending my off-season. We also qualified in the T20 competition on Sunday so things are really looking up, and hopefully we will get the likes of the Marsh brothers and other state players in the coming weeks which wouldn’t be the worst thing!
From a personal point of view, the two-day games played over two weekends can be a cause of frustration as it can be difficult to find any continuity from a batting point of view. However, I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing and the work I am doing in the weeks with Noddy (Neil Holder) has given me plenty of optimism moving forward. He has some fresh ideas and I’ve really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with him out here.
Last year I had a bit of a job as a delivery man a couple of days a week. I have decided against that this year and it has been nice to have a little bit of extra time around training to do my own thing. Whilst I gather the temperature has been in the negatives back home, there have been no such issues out here! It will be a bit of a shock to the system being home for a couple of weeks at Christmas!”
Adam is also currently out in Australia playing for Kensington CC and at the weekend he made an impressive 84 not out in his sides match against Northern Districts. The scorecard from this match can be viewed by clicking here
Dom made 23 and bowled five overs, all of which were maidens as West Torrens drew with East Torrens in their SACA Premier match in Australia.
In South Africa Max took five for 39 from 15 overs as Milnerton dismissed Kuilsriver for 135 in the first innings of their match.
Performance of the week probably would have to go to young Eddie Byrom who smashed his way to 136 for Canterbury A.