Overton takes wickets on England debut

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon’s rising star Jamie Overton opened his international account with wickets in the first two England U19 internationals against South Africa.

Overton picked off South African opener Keaton Jennings at Edgbaston on Saturday on his U19 debut, a day of mixed feelings as England lost by four wickets.

He also had to face the last ball of the England innings and hit a single, taking England up to 187-7.

Overton’s sharp fielding included one third umpire replay to prove he had stopped the ball clear of the rope.

Before the match, which was televised on Sky, Overton was presented with a prized England cap by Nick Knight, the former England opener.

Dad Mark and mum Helen were at Edgbaston to see the match.

England got their revenge on Monday night when they defeated the South Africans by four wickets at Northampton. Overton dismissed Quinton de Kock in that match.

He was not out at the end when England batted, having gone in at 216-6, with three runs needed to win.

The seven-match series continues tomorrow (Thursday) at Arundel Castle in Sussex.

North Devon cricket watchers will be able to catch Overton closer to home next week when the tour reaches Taunton on Tuesday.