#POTM: April & May – James Hildreth

James Hildreth has won The Incider player of the month award for April & May, which is supported by Somerset County Sports. This particular award was voted by readers of the site with James gaining 58% of the votes.

James scored 547 championship runs in 9 completed innings at an average of 60.8 with 1 hundred and 3 fifties. He also took a ton off the touring New Zealanders scoring 28 and 115 in the match with a further 48 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast. In all formats James helped himself to 738 runs in 14 innings.

In the Championship Somerset started with two home games and James made a flying start scoring 53 in the first innings against Durham before Somerset allowed their opponents back into a game they eventually lost.

James likes batting against Middlesex; at the end of the 2014 season he scored a magnificent 182 and went slightly better in 2015 when he smacked 187 in the 1st innings, sharing a stand of 261 with skipper Marcus Trescothick (140), before taking his match haul to 273 runs with a classy 86 in the 2nd innings.

A disappointing match at Worcester followed and James was arguably the only player to emerge with any credit with the bat scoring 76 runs (41 & 35). This became Somerset’s third straight defeat and the panic buttons were being pressed.

Following the aforementioned touring game Somerset hit winning ways with a great win at Trent Bridge. Much fancied Notts were beaten by 133 runs despite the cider county being all out for 161 in the 2nd innings. James scored 32 and 23 in the match.

He completed the first two months with an impressive 82 against reigning champions and champions elect Yorkshire at Taunton in a drawn game.

Well done to James as this is his first award on The Incider but certainly won’t be his last. We look forward to presenting his bottle of champagne very soon.

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