Jamie Overton misses agonisingly short of 100 vs New Zealand at Headingly; Twitter reacts
Jamie Overton finished agonisingly short of a hundred on debut as the 28-year-old ended just three short of the three-figure mark. It is worth noting that Overton came to the crease when England were down in the dumps, reeling at 55/6.
In an innings that lasted 136 deliveries, Jamie hit 13 boundaries and two maximums. It was Boult who finally got rid of Overton, but the Surrey cricketer did his job and took England to 296-7. After his wicket, England tumbled down like nine pins and got out pretty quickly.
He, along with Jonny Bairstow, stitched a partnership worth 241 runs in 274 balls - the 9th highest partnership for the 7th wiket in Test history that left the Kiwis shell-shocked.
Nonetheless, powered by Bairstow's historic 162, and Jamie's powerful 97, England managed to eke out a lead of 31 runs. Overton also became only the second English cricketer after WG Grace to score more than 97 runs or more on debut and take a wicket.
Twitter, as expected, was flooded with congratulatory messages for the debutant. Here are some of the best reactions.
It's still day 3 of the Headingley Test, and with England just having a lead of 31 runs, it will all come down to who does better in the 2nd innings.
England Playing 11
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes, Jamie Overton, Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
New Zealand 11
Tom Latham, Will Young, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner