SOMERSET County Cricket Club has confirmed that fast bowler Jamie Overton will leave the club at the end of the 2020 season, and will join Surrey.

The 26-year-old seamer has claimed 152 First-Class wickets for Somerset since making his debut in 2012.

Overton said that he felt it was time "for a fresh challenge", as he looks to follow in twin brother Craig's footsteps and win a senior England cap.

He told the Somerset website: "I’m obviously very disappointed to be leaving Somerset.

"I’ve had a great nine years at the club and loved every minute of it, but I feel it is time for a fresh challenge in cricket.

"Somerset will always mean a huge deal to me, particularly the supporters who are exceptional.

"I’d like to thank all the coaching staff for everything they have done for me and the opportunities I have received over my time at the club."

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: "We are disappointed to be losing Jamie.

"He is a popular member of the team and with our membership.

"He has been a fantastic servant for us since joining the Somerset Academy as a 16-year-old.

"We offered Jamie an extension but respect his decision and whilst sad to see him go, we want to thank him for all his efforts at Somerset and wish him the very best for the future."

Overton's contract with Surrey will run through to 2023, and the London-based side's director of cricket - Alec Stewart - commented: "We’re very pleased Jamie will be joining us and I look forward to seeing him perform in a Surrey shirt.

"Jamie is a genuine quick bowler, and his pace and bounce gives a real X Factor to his armoury.

"His style of bowling will be well suited to the Kia Oval pitches.

"He has all the necessary attributes to play for England and we will be working hard to help him achieve that goal."