North Devon twins set to make history

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon’s cricket twins Craig and Jamie Overton will make history if both play in Devon’s game against Oxfordshire at Great & Little Tew this weekend.

Devon have selected plenty of brothers in the past – the Shepherds and the Poynders from North Devon are both examples – but never twins.

While both were in the squad last season, only Craig played.At 16 years and 71 days when he faced Wales, Craig was the third youngest player to represent Devon since the last war.

Only North Devon CC predecessor Mike Garnham (1976) and Exeter’s Orlando LeFleming (1992) were younger on debut – and they were under 16 at the time!

Both Overtons have attended West Buckland School and are studying cricket at the Somerset Academy in Taunton.

The 12-man travelling party also includes Braunton spinner Harry Booker, another West Buckland lad, who impressed in pre-season games for the Devon Lions.

As Devon have dropped long-serving fast bowler Ian Bishop from the side, it seems inevitable the quick bowling Overtons will play.

Roger Newman, Devon’s director of cricket, had made it pretty clear what he is thinking without actually saying both twins will play. “We need more penetration in our attack as to win Minor County matches you have to bowl sides out at least once and preferably twice,” he said.