Win tickets to watch Somerset County Cricket XI play Weston

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 August 2017

James Hildreth.

James Hildreth.


Somerset cricketers are heading to Weston-super-Mare to play in a Twenty20 match against the town’s side.

James Hildreth.James Hildreth.

The game will be played at Weston’s Devonshire Road ground to raise money for Somerset cricketer James Hildreth’s testimonial year.

Hildreth made his Somerset County Cricket Club debut in 2003, playing in nine National League games and a championship match against Derbyshire.

His second championship appearance came the next year, where he scored 101 and 72 against an attack which included Pakistan’s fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

He was voted the most promising young cricketer of the year by the Cricket Society the same year.

James Hildreth.James Hildreth.

He certainly lived up to the title in 2006, when he became the youngest Somerset player to score a double century, making 227* against Northamptonshire.

His ability was recognised by Australian opener Justin Langer when he captained the Somerset side, describing Hildreth has an ‘extraordinary talent’.

Hildreth became only the sixth Somerset player to score a triple century when he hit an unbeaten 303 against Warwickshire in 2009.

He has gone on to become one of the most consistent batsmen in the championship, and in 2015 he scored more than 1,600 first class runs, making him the most prolific batsman in England.

James Hildreth.James Hildreth.

To celebrate his testimonial year, a series of matches are being played.

Weston will take on a Somerset XI at the Devonshire Road ground on August 15 at 5.15pm.

Gates open at 4pm and entry is £5 for adults and £2 for children.

The Mercury has teamed up with Weston Cricket Club to offer two family tickets to the game.

James Hildreth (Picture: Alain Lockyer).James Hildreth (Picture: Alain Lockyer).

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