2018 in Pictures: Somerset Centurions
During 2018 eight Somerset players made a total of 13 hundreds across the three formats of the game.
Lets take a look back now at Somerset’s Centurions!
Specsavers County Championship
The first Somerset century of 2018 came in the first match of the season and was scored by a player making his first appearance for the County.
Matt Renshaw made 101 not out from 139 balls in our first innings against Worcestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Matt’s accomplishment was then matched by James Hildreth who made 111 not out from 157 balls in the second innings as Somerset won the match by 83 runs.
Somerset supporters didn’t have long to wait to see another player reach three figures as Matt Renshaw once again scored a hundred in our very next match.
The Australian made 112 in Somerset’s first innings of the 118 run win over Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground. It was the first time since 1993 that Somerset had won their opening two County Championship fixtures.
The third Specsavers County Championship match of the season saw another two players add their names to the Somerset hounours board.
Marcus Trescothick scored his 52nd First Class century for Somerset despite breaking a metatarsal in his foot whilst George Bartlett made his maiden First Class hundred for the County at Emirates Old Trafford in the draw against Lancashire.
James Hildreth hit a stunning 184 against Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in May as Somerset drew with Hamshire. His runs came from 253 balls.
In June Matt Renshaw made his third and final Specsavers County Championship hundred for the County. His 106 in Somerset’s first innings helped his side to an impressive six-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire.
If Somerset fans were disappointed when Matt Renshaw was called in to the Australia squad, thus ending his time with Somerset, they needn’t have worried. Matt was replaced by Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali and he also made a hundred for the County this year.
Azhar hit 125 in the second innings at Worcestershire as Somerset beat their hosts by 141 runs. His runs came from 188 balls.
Tom Abell returned to form in fine style in 2018 and he too reached three figures in red-ball cricket for Somerset. The Club Captain made an excellent 132 not out from 168 balls in his side’s second innings at Emerald Headingley as Somerset beat Yorkshire by 224 runs.
The tenth and final Championship century of 2018 came courtesy of James Hildreth. His hundred against Nottinghamshire was his 42nd First Class century for Somerset and was one of the main factors behind the victory which came by a margin of an innings and 146 runs.
Royal London One-Day Cup
James Hildreth’s outstanding form in red-ball cricket also transferred itself to the 50-over arena.
The 34-year-old played beautifully to notch up his highest ever List A score of 159 against Glamorgan in May. His runs came from just 125 balls as Somerset triumphed by 83 runs.
Somerset were set a huge total of 357 for victory at Hamsphire, but Peter Trego led the way and his 100 from 101 balls helped to inspire his side to a stunning three wicket win. It was his ninth List A hundred for Somerset, putting him third in the all time list for the most centuries for the County behind only Marcus Trescothick and Sir Viv Richards.
Johann Myburgh scored one of the most memorable hundreds of the season.
His 103 not out against Essex Eagles at the Cooper Associates County Ground came from just 44 balls and inspired Somerset to a stunning 10-wicket victory. His innings saw him become the sixth Somerset batsman to score a T20 hundred.
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