England allrounder Craig Overton has committed his future to Somerset after signing a three-year contract extension.
The 28-year-old, whose current deal was due to expire at the end of this season, has now pledged himself to Somerset until at least the end of the 2026 season.
After joining the Somerset Academy as a 16-year-old, Craig went on to make his Somerset debut in April 2012 in a County Championship match against Lancashire.
Prior to joining the Somerset Academy, the allrounder had caught the eye playing for West Buckland School, North Devon CC and, having been part of Devon’s excellent performance programmes, played in their County Age group teams. During his time on the SCCC Academy, and in his early years as a professional, he also successfully represented Devon CCC on numerous occasions.
Craig has played over 200 matches for Somerset across the three formats scoring over 3800 runs and taking more than 500 wickets.
Craig made his England debut in the Ashes Test at Adelaide in 2017, making an immediate impact by bowling Australian Captain, Steve Smith. In total he has represented his country in eight Tests claiming 21 wickets with a best of three for 14. He has also featured in seven ODIs in which he has taken five wickets with a best of two for 23. He was awarded an England Pace Bowling Development Contract by the ECB in 2022.
After signing his extension Craig said: “I’m delighted to sign this long extension with the club. Somerset fans know how much the club means to me and that I’m hungry for team success.
“There is still lots to achieve, not least the holy grail of a county championship title.
“We’ve made some impressive signings since last season, and we’re excited and hopeful that the next few years will prove to be most enjoyable and fruitful for all concerned.”
Somerset CCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry is delighted to have secured the services of such a proven quality player. “Year in, year out Craig Overton is one of this country’s leading performers. He is consistently amongst the best players within the domestic game, and this has quite rightly been rewarded with international recognition.
“He is a genuine match-winner across the formats of the game, and it has been a real pleasure for us all to watch his journey and his progression over the course of his time with us thus far.
“He loves this Club, and he knows what it means to represent Somerset both on and off the field. His attitude, work ethic and will to win are second to none. His dedication to improving every single day is something that inspires everyone around him, and he is a genuine inspirational role model for players of all ages across the South-West.”