Overton happy to hit top form

25 April 2021 22:02:59 GMTPlus10

Somerset seamer Craig Overton inspired his side to a nine-wicket victory over Leicestershire in the County Championship on Saturday with an impressive five-wicket haul.

After posting 233 in their first innings, Leicestershire were bowled out for 199 in their second as Overton inflicted most of the damage with the ball, taking 5-25 from his 18 overs, which featured ten maidens.

Sometimes you get into a rhythm as a bowler and this was one of those days and I'd like to have a few more like that this season.

Craig Overton

Somerset had opened with a total of 318 and therefore required only 115 in their second innings to win the contest and reached their target after tea.

Tom Lammonby (70 not out) and Tom Abell (35 not out) impressed at the crease, but it was England paceman Overton who made the biggest impact, with his best figures in the County Championship since 2015.

He claimed his ninth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and believes it was one of his best performances with the ball in recent years.

Speaking after the win, Overton said: "We felt like we were on top of the game coming into today, but to bowl them out the way we did to give us that winning chase of 115 meant it was a more comfortable win than we probably felt at times.

"I probably haven't bowled better than that, at least not in the recent past.

"Sometimes you get into a rhythm as a bowler and this was one of those days and I'd like to have a few more like that this season."

Meanwhile, England are 4/1 to win the T20 World Cup later this year, with India priced at 9/4 and New Zealand 8/1.

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