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James Charles Hildreth (born 9 September 1984) is an English professional cricketer who plays for Somerset County Cricket Club. He attended Millfield School, Somerset. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. Hildreth represented England at all youth levels including the 2003–04 Under-19 World cup held in Bangladesh. He made his first-class debut in 2003 and has been a regular member of the side since the start of the 2004 season.

James Hildreth
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Personal information
Full nameJames Charles Hildreth
Born (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 34)
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
Domestic team information
2002–presentSomerset (squad no. 25)
2002Somerset Cricket Board
2015Marylebone Cricket Club
FC debut10 September 2003 Somerset v Derbyshire
LA debut29 August 2002 Somerset Cricket Board v Cornwall
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 248 201 179
Runs scored 16,427 5,324 3,359
Batting average 43.45 34.79 24.51
100s/50s 44/74 7/23 1/16
Top score 303* 159 107*
Balls bowled 576 150 169
Wickets 6 6 10
Bowling average 82.00 30.83 24.70
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/39 2/26 3/24
Catches/stumpings 206/– 77/– 66/–
Source: CricInfo, 26 September 2018


Domestic careerEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Hildreth attended Millfield, an independent school in Street, Somerset described as a "great nursery of the game [of cricket]".[1] He finished third in the school's batting averages in 2000, with 30.38 and a top-score of 75 not out.[2] The following season his batting figures were significantly worse—he averaged just 14.30—but he topped the school's bowling averages with 11.41, his best figures being 4/2.[note 1][3] In 2002, Hildreth was one of three Millfield pupils chosen to play in the annual ECB try-out match.[4] He didn't score enough runs to be included in Wisden's school batting averages in 2002,[note 2] but his 17 wickets taken at an average of 13.05 rated him as the school's joint highest wicket-taker, and third in the averages.[5] In July 2002, Hildreth made his first appearance for the Somerset Second XI, replacing Peter Trego who, after scoring 188 runs in the first-innings, left the match due to being called up to the first-team. Hildreth bowled 13.1 wicket-less overs during Warwickshire Second XI's first-innings, and scored 32 in Somerset's second-innings, as they lost by an innings.[6] The following month, he made his List A debut, representing Somerset Cricket Board against Cornwall in the first round of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy. Hildreth claimed one wicket during his six overs, and added four runs from number seven.[7]

Hildreth captained Millfield in 2003, and performed well given the extra responsibility: he finished top of the school's batting averages, his 563 runs coming at 62.55, and trailed only one team-mate in the bowling averages.[8] After a number of games for the Second XI, Hildreth made his debut for Somerset in a National League match against Lancashire, but didn't bat as the match was abandoned due to rain.[9] A few days later, he scored a century for the Second XI in a three-day match, opening Somerset's second-innings against Sussex Second XI.[10] In mid-September, he made his first-class debut during a County Championship match against Derbyshire, scoring nine in the first-innings, followed by a duck in the second.[11] In the nine National League matches Hildreth played in 2003, he scored 120 runs at an average of 15.00, with a high-score of 30 against Lancashire at the County Ground, Taunton.[12][13]

First-team regularEdit

Playing in his (and Somerset's) first County Championship match of the 2004 season, Hildreth made his debut first-class century in the first-innings against Durham, scoring 101 in an innings described by team-mate Peter Bowler as "attractive but very orthodox".[14] He added 72 more runs in the second-innings.[15] He passed 50 in three of the four matches he played in June, but didn't score another century in the Championship until September, when he scored 108 while sharing a third-wicket partnership of 207 with Jamie Cox against Nottinghamshire.[16] He finished the season with 760 first-class runs scored at an average of just over 40.[17] He fared slightly less successfully in the one-day competitions – he averaged around 30 in both List A and Twenty20 formats.[18][19] His highest score in the Twenty20 Cup was the 66 he made against Glamorgan off 33 balls.[20]

Later careerEdit

In April 2008, Hildreth's contract was renewed to 2011, following his most successful season for Somerset, scoring 1147 at 52.14.[21] On 18 April 2009, Hildreth hit his highest ever first-class score with 303 not out at Taunton, becoming the first Englishman to score over 300 runs in an innings for Somerset and scoring the earliest triple century in an English season.[22]

International careerEdit

England Under-15sEdit

Hildreth's first taste of international cricket came during the 2000 Under-15 World Challenge. He played in all four of England's matches in the competition, opening the batting on each occasion. He finished the tournament trailing only Samit Patel among England run-scorers, making 105 runs.[23] However, after scoring his highest score of the tournament in the first game, 57 against India,[24] his scores got progressively lower, 42 against the West Indies,[25] and he failed to reach double figures against Netherlands or in the semi-final against Pakistan.[26][27]

England Under-19sEdit

In 2003, Hildreth made his debut for England Under-19s during the third youth Test against South Africa Under-19s. After scoring 14 in the first-innings, Hildreth top-scored for England in the second, hitting 116 runs off 189 balls. Despite his efforts—he was the only England batsman to pass 50 in either innings—England lost by an innings and 163 runs.[28] He remained with the squad for the one-day series, but only managed to score four in his only batting appearance, as both the second and third ODIs were washed-out.[29] Hildreth was part of the England squad to compete in the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup. He made his first appearance in the competition in England's second group-stage match, scoring 38 off 30 with 2 fours and 2 sixes against Uganda.[30] He remained not out in his next two innings, on 30 against South Africa and 1 Zimbabwe.[31][32] In the final league-stage match, he was dismissed for 7 against Pakistan in a low-scoring match that saw England qualify for the semi-finals.[33] Playing against West Indies in the semi-final, Hildreth scored 27 off 29 balls—one of only four England players to reach double-figures—as England failed to reach their target of 250.[34]

Hildreth's final matches for England Under-19s were playing later in 2004, as they hosted Bangladesh for three Tests and three scheduled ODIs. He scored 27 and 14 in the first Test, which England won by five wickets.[35] In the second Test, played at Hildreth's home ground in Taunton, he scored 210 in "a near flawless innings with an explosive conclusion"[36] to help England to an eight wicket victory.[37] The score, at the time the sixth highest in youth Tests,[38] was described by Bangladesh's coach Richard McInnes as "one of the best innings I have ever had the pleasure of seeing."[36] Hildreth didn't play in the third Test match, but in his last match for the team he recorded a man of the match performance to defeat the Bangladeshis in the only completed ODI. Batting at number four as England chased 190 to win, Hildreth scored 53 runs off 42 balls, with 9 fours and 1 six.[39]

England performance squad and LionsEdit

In the English winter of 2007–08, Hildreth was included in the England Performance Programme XI to train in India, playing two matches against 'Madras Rubber Factory'. In the first match, he scored 136 runs at quicker than a run-a-ball, and put on partnership of 209 with Jonathan Trott.[40] In the second, he made 63 runs, and shared another large partnership with Trott, the pair this time putting on a 155 runs together.[41] Returning to India in January with the England Lions, Hildreth played in four matches, although he wasn't included in the starting eleven for the two Duleep Trophy matches. He failed to reach double figures in either innings of the three-day match against Mumbai Cricket Association XI,[42] He performed slightly better in the one-day matches, with a score of 7 against Maharashtra Cricket Association XI being preceded by 38 against Mumbai Cricket Association XI and followed by 43 against Saurashtra Cricket Association XI.[43][44][45]

2005 AshesEdit

Hildreth was used as a substitute fielder throughout the 2005 Ashes series and took a catch to dismiss Ricky Ponting in the first test at Lord's off the bowling of Matthew Hoggard.[46]

Career Best PerformancesEdit

as of 1 June 2018

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Analysis Fixture Venue Season
FC 303* Somerset v Warwickshire Taunton 2009 2–39 Somerset v Hampshire Taunton 2004
LA 159 Somerset v Glamorgan Taunton 2018 2–26 Somerset v Worcestershire Worcester 2008
T20 107* Somerset v Welsh Dragons Taunton 2012 3–24 Somerset v Glamorgan Cardiff 2005


  1. ^ 4/2: Signifies the bowler claimed four wickets and two runs were scored while he was bowling.
  2. ^ Wisden's criteria for printing school cricketer's averages are 150 runs or 10 wickets.


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