Tom and Hildy awarded

Two Somerset players have been honoured before the end of the season.

Young opening batsman Tom Abell has been handed the LV= Breakthrough Player Award and was presented with his trophy by his boyhood hero, and now opening partner, Marcus Trescothick, before play started in Somerset’s final home game of the season against Warwickshire at Taunton.

The award win places young Tom in esteemed company with previous winners including Alex Lees, Rory Burns and Joe Root, who was the first winner of the award in 2012.

The popular Abell, who was born and raised in Taunton, won a popular vote ahead of seven other exciting young talents, including Yorkshire’s Jack Leaning and Surrey’s Sam Curran.

Abell had scored five half-centuries before finally making his debut first class century in the home game against Hampshire earlier this month, when he scored 131 in an opening stand of 272 with Trescothick.

He carried his bat throughout an innings twice this season scoring 76 out of a total of 200 against Nottinghamshire at Taunton in June and 88 out of 170 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in July

BBC Sport has named James Hildreth in their county cricket Team of the Season for 2015. The popular top order batsman has had a great season scoring over 1,500 runs in all forms of the game.

BBC local radio commentators were asked to nominate players for contention and named the following team:

  1. Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
  2. Michael Klinger (Gloucestershire)
  3. Ashwell Price (Lancashire)
  4. James Hildreth (Somerset)
  5. Luke Wright (Sussex)
  6. Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
  7. Zafar Ansari (Surrey)
  8. James Harris (Middlesex)
  9. Tom Curran (Surrey)
  10. Jack Brooks (Yorkshire)
  11. Chris Rushworth (Durham)

Speaking about the Somerset player, BBC Somerset’s Anthony Gibson said: “James Hildreth is never less than a joy to watch – fluency personified, always looking to pierce the field or find the gaps with those steel-wired wrists and natural sense of timing.

“But this season it has been the volume of his runs as much as the style of them which has rightly earned him his place in this list.

“With the rest of the Somerset middle-order desperately short of runs, there have been times when he’s seemed like the boy on the burning deck, with disaster all around.

“The only thing that divides opinion in Somerset is his beard, but after a season like this one, we’ll forgive him even that.”

Hildy responded with another memorable century ending day 1 of the Warwickshire game on 118 not out as Somerset edged to safety in the top flight. Young Tom only managed 4 before he was out to Oliver Hannon-Dalby but he has had a memorable season nonetheless.