Overton brothers Craig and Jamie both record their career best match bowling figures on the same day

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Overton brothers Craig and Jamie both record their career-best match bowling figures for Somerset and Surrey respectively on the same day

  • Craig and Jamie Overton recorded career best bowling figures on the same day
  • Craig had a return of 13 for 87 as Somerest suffered a defeat against Essex 
  • Jamie registered eight for 107 in Surrey’s impressive victory over Hampshire

In what was an extraordinary day for the Overtons on Saturday, both England seamer Craig and his twin brother Jamie recorded career-best match bowling figures.

Although Craig took the personal accolades with a return of 13 for 87, his efforts came in a losing cause as 2019 county champions Essex snuck home in a one-wicket thriller against Somerset at Taunton.

In contrast, Surrey completed a thumping innings win over Hampshire at the Kia Oval, thanks to Jamie’s eight for 107: three morning wickets took his first-innings tally to five and he then added three more victims after the visitors were asked to follow on.

Craig Overton took a career best of 13 for 87 during Somerset's defeat against Essex

Craig Overton took a career best of 13 for 87 during Somerset’s defeat against Essex

Craig's brother Jamie also scored a career best with eight for 107 for Surrey against Hampshire

Craig’s brother Jamie also scored a career best with eight for 107 for Surrey against Hampshire

Needing just 84 for victory, Essex saw three more batters including Alastair Cook depart in the first 11 deliveries of the morning session to be reduced to four for four.

Both Overton and new-ball partner Peter Siddle extracted considerable movement off a capricious pitch and when the former celebrated a 10-wicket return for the first time via Matt Critchley’s chop-on, the visitors were 27 for five.

Soon afterwards, Essex captain Tom Westley departed to plunge his team to 28 for six and when that later became 60 for eight, it appeared an unlikely Somerset win was on the cards.

Adam Rossington held his nerve with an unbeaten 29 in his second outing for Essex

Adam Rossington held his nerve with an unbeaten 29 in his second outing for Essex

However, Adam Rossington held his nerve with an unbeaten 29 in just his second outing since joining the club on a season-long loan from Northamptonshire and although Overton provided further late drama with the scores level by taking his second-innings figures to six for 30 via the dismissal of Shane Snater, a scrambled leg bye sealed the 19-point win for Essex.

‘Making 80-odd to win might have looked a formality, but we knew it would not be easy on that pitch against a superb Somerset bowling attack,’ said Essex coach Anthony McGrath.

‘Someone needed to step up and Adam Rossington showed his class and composure.’

McGrath’s Somerset counterpart Jason Kerr said: ‘We were anticipating a truer surface.’

Meanwhile, in London, Jamie Overton displayed the benefits of his recent work with Surrey bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, swinging the ball from a reduced run up, as his performance and that of all-rounder Jordan Clark, who took six wickets all told, made light of the loss of West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach to injury earlier in the contest.

Jordan Clark produced an impressive performance in Surrey's victory against Hampshire

Jordan Clark produced an impressive performance in Surrey’s victory against Hampshire

Only the most stoic of rearguards by Ben Compton prevented Lancashire inflicting another three-day defeat on Kent at Canterbury.

First, the left-handed opener carried his bat, adding a further 44 runs to his overnight score to finish unbeaten on 104 and then battled for a further three hours after the hosts were asked to follow-on, hitting a single boundary in a 132-ball effort that saw him reach the close on 20 not out, with just four tail-enders left for company and Kent still 165 runs in arrears.

Meanwhile, James Bracey’s third hundred in as many first-class matches helped Gloucestershire stymy Yorkshire’s push for victory in Bristol.

Bracey resumes on 112 this morning, with Gloucestershire 104 runs ahead and four second-innings wickets intact.

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