From The Archive - Hildreth's Sizzling Century
In conjunction with partners Cooper Associates, Somerset County Cricket Club will be looking to fill the current void of cricket by regularly delving into extensive Club Archives to look back on some of our proudest moments.
Today’s throwback takes us back to 2012 and the T20 match against Glamorgan that was played at Taunton on Sunday June 22nd. It will be remembered for James Hildreth scoring a stunning century to help Somerset to victory off the penultimate delivery of the match.
Since making his debut for Somerset back in 2003, James has appeared in more T20 matches for the Club than anybody else. However, his innings against Glamorgan 8 seasons ago is arguably one of the finest match-winning contributions that the format has ever witnessed.
After winning the toss Jim Allenby, who was the Glamorgan captain at the time, chose to bat first and saw the opening partnership of Marcus North and Shaun Marsh take the score onto 31 in the seventh over when North was caught and bowled by Max Waller for 17.
Allenby then joined Marsh and added 66 for the second wicket before he was out for 33 after which Marsh and Martin van Jaarsveld added 67 together. Marsh remained at the crease until the last ball of the innings when he was run out by Meschede for 85, which he scored off 52 balls with nine fours and four sixes as Glamorgan posted 178 for five off their overs.
The Somerset reply got off to the worst possible of starts when Trego was caught by ‘keeper Mark Wallace off the bowling of James Harris for one and three balls later Meschede suffered the same fate which made the score 2 for 2. Nick Compton moved onto 12 before he was bowled by Simon Jones so when Hildreth walked out to bat Somerset were 24 for three in the fifth over.
He quickly settled at the crease and with Jos Buttler added 66 in just over 6 overs before Buttler was LBW to spinner Robert Croft. James was then joined by Arul Suppiah to take the total onto 125 before the all rounder was bowled by Croft for 18.
With 27 balls remaining Somerset still needed 54 runs for victory. Steve Snell proved an able partner as they put on 30 in two overs before the ‘keeper was out with the total reading 155 for six. Hildreth martialled his partners expertly and went to his century from just 54 balls.
With 11 required from the final over, Lewis Gregory got Allenby away for a six and a four to finish with 14 off five balls and Somerset to a quite remarkable 4 wicket win from the penultimate ball.
Hildreth left the field to a standing ovation. He ended unbeaten on 107 which came off 60 balls with 15 fours and one six.
Reflecting on his innings eight years ago ‘Hildy’ said: “My memory isn’t that good but I know that we weren’t in a very good position. It was one of those days when everything just seemed to go right and getting a Twenty20 hundred was pretty special because at that time not too many number fives were doing it, even in world T20.”
James added: “If I was smiling when I was walking off shows then it must have been alright!”
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