Somerset’s Overton twins preparing for South Africa trip.

19:23 21 January 2013

The Overton twins at Somerset CC

The Overton twins at Somerset CC

Archant

Somerset’s Craig and Jamie Overton were back training at the County Ground on Thursday and Friday after spending the earlier part of the week working at Loughborough with the rest of the ECB Potential Emerging Players Programme squad.

The 18-year-old twins who signed full time contracts with Somerset after graduating from the Academy last summer, have made pretty rapid progress over the last 12 months, having played for England Under-19s and made their first team debuts for the County during the summer.

Since reporting back in November as full time professional cricketers, the Overtons have been dividing their time between the County Ground and Loughborough.

Shortly both Craig and Jamie will be exchanging the wintery conditions of the Taunton and the East Midlands for Potchefstroom when they fly out to South Africa with the rest of the PEPP squad on February 3, where they stay for the rest of the month.

Meanwhile it was very much business as usual for the twins as they were put through their paces at the County Ground.

Jamie said: “We have just come back from three days at Loughborough where we also spent three days last week so it has been a pretty tough time. We have been doing more fitness work, but since Christmas it has gone up a gear. This is getting us ready to go out to ‘Potch’ where we will be getting our bowling up to 100%, ready for the start of pre-season when we get back and also some more fitness work.”

Looking back over the last 12 months Jamie said: “I think that the Academy has done a lot to help us prepare for what has happened to us. I am most of the way there now and its just fine tuning before our first full season playing first class cricket.”

Jamie added: “This is a very exciting time and I am really looking forward to it and hope that I get to play in a few more games than I did in 2012. I’m hoping that having been on the bowling programme at Loughborough I will be able to be more consistent, hopefully get quicker and be stronger to be able to bowl more overs.”

Twin brother Craig said: “It is been going well up at Loughborough and we have been gradually increasing the workloads on the things that we have been doing. It’s getting harder and harder but I’m enjoying it as much as possible and it couldn’t be better really.”

Darren Veness the strength and conditioning coach at Somerset is also in charge of the training programme at Loughborough, so there is not let up for the boys.

Craig went on: “Daz is a pretty hard taskmaster so there is not let up. But it has always been the same for us and we have been working with him since we started on the Academy. We have mainly been concentrating on our fitness at Loughborough but

when we get to South Africa next month there will be much more bowling and I will be working on developing my weaker areas when we are in Potch. Then when we come back here we will be ready to go for pre-season. It has all really happened very quickly and I haven’t really had time to think about it. At the start of last summer I didn’t think I’d play any games, then all of a sudden Somerset had some injuries and I was playing in the first team and then there was the World Cup, so its just been a crazy year really.”

Craig added: “Now I’m looking forward to the coming season and taking some wickets and scoring a few runs for Somerset as well.”

The Somerset strength and conditioning coach Veness will also accompany the six strong PEPP squad on their trip to South Africa along with Rob Leather the physio and bowling coach Neil Killeen.

“We fly out on February 3rd and return on 28th. The boys will spend the first week acclimatizing and addressing certain aspects of the programme as well as working on some of the cricketing skills,” Venness said: “The second week we increase the intensity of the workload and later in the tour they will play several one day games against the EDP Under-17s who are also out in Potchefstroom, and whose bowling coach is Richard Johnson.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

15:56
Over the sticks

Will Biddick’s double at Bratton Down gave him his fifth winner in the last five days, and helped to elevate him into a narrow lead over Darren Edwards for the Devon & Cornwall title, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
15:37
Jason Tuff in action. Jason will be at Bicton for the four day meeting.

The Exe Equestrian Club’s 2016 events are up and running.

Read more
15:36
Ammies boss Jody Bolt hands the Ammies golden boot to 2nd team Dann Tapp

The Warren View home of Exmouth Amateurs played host to the club’s end of season presentation on Friday night.

Read more
15:33
The covers stayed on at the Maer ground on Saturday Ref exsp 21-16SH 5052. Picture: Simon Horn.

Every match in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division met a watery grave on a soggy third Saturday of the season.

Read more
10:13
Bowls

Budleigh’s newly promoted squad in the Over 60’s Triples League are currently holding their own in Division Three and this week picked up six points at home to a strong Tiverton contingent.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Bowls

What a week the past one was for Budleigh lady bowlers Mo Bond and Eileen Burston.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Generic croquet. Ref shsp 8970-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Budleigh Association Croquet team were convincing winners when they entertained Sidmouth in the opening game of the new AC South West Federation League season.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Exe SC dingy racing

Last week was a breezy one, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Exeter Chris Richards Falcons who rode a second half meeting at Somerset on Friday 13th May. Riders numbers 1 Henry Atkins, 2 Craig Nethercott, 3 Stevie Anderson, 4 Saul Bulley with team managers Rob Doran (wearing glasses) and Alan Spencer.
Picture by Kim Wyllie. Ref exsp falcons

Exeter’s Falcons speedway fans are eagerly looking forward to another full blooded 15 heat National League when the ‘Chris Richards’ Falcons take on the Isle of Wight ‘ Whitelink’ Warriors at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena on Friday, May 27, commencing at 7.30pm, writes Tony Lethbridge.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
An Exe SC pairing in the feva championships held off  Exmouth

The weather still has not settled for the sailors out of Exe Sailing Club, writes Rex Frost.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications