Recognition for Hildy

A presentation was made to James Hildreth during our Royal London One-Day Cup match against Essex Eagles in recognition of a tremendous feat.

Recent research has discovered that the 34-year-old has played more First XI matches for Somerset than any other player.

When James took to the field against Essex, it was his 625th First XI appearance for the County and during the match he was presented with a bottle of Champagne by SCCC Chairman, Charles Clark.

Following the presentation, James said: “To have played more First XI games than anyone else is an achievement that I’m tremendously proud of. To have represented the First Team more than anyone else in the Club’s history is very special, particularly when you think of all the great players who have played for Somerset.

“I remember making my debut and I was just delighted to be playing in a professional game. It’s a surreal experience when you make that first appearance. I couldn’t believe that I’d played for Somerset, so for that experience to have gone on for so long has been amazing.

“The support I’ve received during that time has been brilliant. The Members and supporters here are a pretty special bunch. The crowd is always amazing and there’s always a great atmosphere here. The support we get is like nowhere else in the country. The support we see at away grounds has nothing on us. Somerset supporters just do it the best and you can see what it means to every one of them.”

James made his Somerset debut back in 2003 and Marcus Trescothick is pleased that his teammate has gone from strength to strength since that day. “It’s a magnificent achievement and we’re all delighted for him,” Marcus said. “He’s played a major part in the success of the Club for a number of years now. For him to get this accolade is fantastic, especially when you think about the history of this Club and the players that have played here.”

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s a phenomenal effort and the reality of the situation is that there is a lot more to come from him. Everyone associated with the Club is immensely proud of him. He should be incredibly proud of himself.

“To play that many games shows what a consistent and quality performer he is. He goes about his business in an incredibly professional way and he’s extremely well respected in the dressing room and around the country.

“James showed his talent very early on and he’s been a rock in the Somerset batting order for many years. What’s really pleasing is that he’s fulfilled that early potential. A lot of young players deliver exciting performances but to do that consistently, year in year out in three formats is sensational.”

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