James Hidreth has won The Incider player of the month award for August, which is supported by Somerset County Sports. This particular award was voted for by the team at SCS and by writers of the site.
It was a good month for the Milton Keynes born batsman who played in five Royal London One Day Cup games – helping Somerset win three of those – and one LV= County Championship game.
Hildy was star man in both the first two RLODC games scoring 85 not out against old foe Gloucestershire in a disappointing defeat. Somerset were languishing on 88 for 6 when Hildy was joined by Lewis Gregory (62) as the two stood firm in a 7th wicket stand of 118 to take Somerset to 244 for 7.
In the next game against Northants James scored 55 as Somerset made 247 for 8 but David Willey inspired his team to victory with 91.
In the three straight wins James scored 23 not out in a 6 wicket win against Yorkshire, only 6 as Surrey were slain by 3 wickets and was not needed with bat as Leicestershire were mercilessly cast aside by 9 wickets.
Somerset only batted once in the Championship in a rain affected game against Worcestershire at Taunton. James smacked 29 four’s and 1 six as he scored 220 not out in a stand of 221 with Peter Trego who was also unbeaten on 130. Worcester were 33 for 4 in reply but managed to score 172 without additional loss to force the stalemate.
Well done to Hildy. This is his second award on The Incider as he won the first award of the season in April / May. We look forward to presenting his bottle of champagne very soon.