2015 was quite a season for James Hildreth.
The Somerset batsman scored over 1600 first class runs at an average of 55.86 during the year making him the second highest run scorer in world cricket in 2015. He also scored over 200 runs in both the NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup competitions.
James, who made his first class debut for Somerset back in 2003, was also named Player of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Year at our End of Season Awards event.
How does it feel to have had such a prolific season? “It feels really good,” he said. “I think I played more games than anyone else because of the MCC game at the beginning of the year along with the university game as well but it’s great. Looking back personally on the season I was certainly satisfied with how it went. As a batsman you always want to score more runs but it was pleasing to be the leading runs scorer domestically and for only one guy to beat me in the world, I was quite pleased with how it went!”
Was there a particular performance that stood out for the 31 year old? “There isn’t a particular innings that stands out but it’s always nice to score runs against countries so getting some runs against New Zealand was good.”
Despite all his individual success, James feels that the Club underperformed in 2015. “We were disappointed with how we ended up last season,” he said. “Not getting to the knockout stages of the white ball cricket and managing to fight off relegation in red ball cricket is disappointing. However, there were some positives to take from the season with guys getting selected for England squads, Tom Abell winning an award (the LV= Breakthrough Player of the Season) and other guys performing well. There were positives to take from it and we’ve got to remember those but generally we want to up our performance and we’ll certainly be trying to do that over the winter.”
James will also be keeping himself busy over the next few months as he explained: “I’ve just embarked on my level four coaching qualifications so I’ll be doing that over the winter. I’ll be working with the academy guys at Somerset as well. I like doing that and helping the youngsters with their batting. I’ll also be doing some work at King’s College in Taunton.”
Looking ahead to 2016 and James is excited to be teaming up with new Somerset signing Chris Rogers. “He’s an exceptional cricketer,” said Hildy. “Everyone’s seen that for years now. He’s scored tens of thousands of first class runs and got 70 odd first class hundreds. He’s a brilliant batsman and he’ll be a massive edition to our team. Him and Trescothick, with all the experience and runs that they’ve got is going to be great to watch and hopefully we can learn a huge amount from him. He will certainly bolster the top order. I’ve also heard that in the dressing room and around the ground he is a bit of a role model so it will be great to get him involved.”
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