Debashis Sarangi ∙ Jun 26 2022, 1:48 PM | 2 Min Read

I was very disappointed getting out on 97: Jamie Overton

Jamie Overton impressed everyone with his incredible batting abilities as the debutant amassed 97 runs off just 136 balls during England's first innings in the ongoing third Test against New Zealand in Leeds. 

Overton entered the middle when England were reeling at 55 for six in reply to New Zealand's 329 in the first innings and stitched a magnificent partnership of 241 runs with Jonny Bairstow for the seventh wicket thereby playing a massive hand in rescuing the home side from an otherwise inevitable embarrassment.  

After battling hard for more than 45 overs in the middle, Overton was finally caught by Daryl Mitchell off Trent Boult in the 58th over. Reacting to his dismissal, the Barnstaple-born admitted to not regret playing the shot as he considered the delivery perfect to score runs. Although he was disappointed on missing his maiden test ton by just three runs, Overton expressed his immense satisfaction on contributing to the team's cause with the bat. 

"I felt like I was in a sort of in a great place this morning and just didn't quite get over the line. The ball was there to hit, and I just hit it to the wrong place. Obviously, I was very disappointed getting out on 97. But me and Jonny put us in a great position. It was obviously disappointing but I feel I've contributed to the team more than enough," Overton said. 

Overton, who dismissed Devon Conway in the first innings, got the prized scalp of the well-set Tom Latham in the very first delivery of the last session on the third day. After that, the home side never looked back and got three more wickets, including that of New Zealand's best batter in the series, Daryl Mitchell. 

Therefore, Overton considered the third session to be a prolific one for the Englishmen and reckoned that two more Kiwi wickets early on the fourth day would swing the game completely into England's favour. 

"I think that last session put us right in the box seat. We feel like we're in a good place going into tomorrow. And if we can get those two early wickets, then we're in a great place to win the game," the 28-year-old concluded.