Described as a “great nursery for the game of cricket”, the Millfield School bred yet another extraordinary cricketing talent in James Hildreth, among many others. A right-hand batsman and an occasional seamer, Hildreth represented England at all age-group levels, including the Under-19 World Cup of 2003-04 in Bangladesh.Fast Facts
With a solid background of age-group cricket, Hildreth made a promising start to his career as he debuted for Somerset in 2003, and a year later, went on to score his maiden first-class century. His team-mates at Taunton rated him as an exceptional cricketer, including his captain, Justin Langer. Despite a dream start, Hildreth couldn’t convert his talent into consistency and his average was anything below 40. But in 2009, he refused to be written off as he put up a monstrous, unbeaten innings of 303 against Warwickshire at Taunton.
- James Hildreth became the first Englishman to score over 300 runs in an innings for Somerset.
- He is an all-round sportsman who, as a teenager played hockey for the West of England, tennis and squash for the South, rugby for Millfied and soccer for Luton Town.
- Hildreth won the prestigious NBC Denis Compton Award for three successive years – 2003, 04, 05.
- Somerset Vs Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 10, 2009
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- Somerset Vs Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 08, 2011