Squad | James Hildreth
Correct as of the end of the 2013 Season
James made his Somerset debut in 2003, playing in nine National League games and the Championship match with Derbyshire at Taunton.
James’s second Championship appearance was against Durham at Taunton in 2004 and he marked it by scoring 101 and 72 against an attack including Shoaib Akhtar. In the same season he represented England Under 19s against Bangladesh, scoring 210 in the second ‘Test’ on his home ground of Taunton. The previous winter he had played in the Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Voted ‘Most Promising Young Cricketer of the Year’ in 2004 by the Cricket Society, James had a testing start to both 2005 and 2006 but emerged to become the youngest Somerset player to score a double century when he made 227* in the final Championship match of 2006 against Northamptonshire.
He carried this form into 2007 and passed 1000 first class runs for the first time, hitting four centuries in the process and winning his county cap. In the 2007-8 winter he was rewarded with a place at the National Academy working with the England Development squad.
He was a key member of the victorious Twenty20 Cup team in 2005, making useful contributions with both bat and ball.
2008 and 2009 were not so successful although in the latter he became the sixth Somerset player to score a triple century.
2010 was his most successful and consistent season and he hit seven first class centuries and made runs in every format of the game. He was rewarded with a place in the England Performance squad to Australia during the winter of 2010.
James captained the England Lions on their tour to the West Indies in 2011 and also appeared for them during that summer.
In 2012 he shared the county all wicket partnership of 450 with Nick Compton and also scored his maiden T20 century against Glamorgan at Taunton.
In 2013, although James didn’t enjoy consistent success, he scored 1000 1st Class runs for a fourth time and in the process passed 1000 runs in first class cricket for Somerset.
Somerset Career Record
Batting and Fielding Averages