Veteran batsman James Hildreth has extended his contract with England’s Somerset County Cricket Club. Hildreth’s contract with the club was due to expire at the end of the 2021 campaign. However, the cricketer has agreed to an extension of his contract before the expiration of his current contract.
The extended contract has now ensured that Hildreth will stick with the team for at least until the end of 2022 season.
In an official statement of Somerset, speaking upon his extended contract, Hildreth said, “I absolutely love the Club and I just want to go on playing here for as long as possible. It’s an amazing job to have and I’m very fortunate to have played for the length of time that I have. When I was offered an extension there was never a question mark about what I was going to do.
“We’ve been playing consistently good cricket for a long time now. We’ve won a trophy and we want to win more. I’ve got every confidence that Somerset can keep pushing for silverware this year and for future years to come.”
Hildreth made his debut for the Somerset Club back in 2003. He went on to play 665 matches for the Club across all the three formats of the game, scoring over 25,996 runs.
He is also the leading T20 scorer, registering 3694 runs in the format. The batsman has also been a part of the title-winning team of the Club and played an instrumental role in the Club’s Twenty20 Cup victory in 2005 and the Royal London One-Day Cup victory in 2019.
“To be successful there has to be a good succession plan in place and the Club are doing really well in that regard with the number of players that are coming through the Academy and making an impact on the First Team. We’ve got exciting young players coming through who have already contributed to Somerset winning matches and that’s a great sign. The older boys are still desperate to contribute to wins as well and we’re always keen to help out the younger guys coming through,” Hildreth concluded.
“What can you say about James Hildreth that hasn’t already been said? He is phenomenal both on the field and off it. He is one of the most respected players in the domestic game because he has consistently delivered with the bat and in the field and his record speaks for itself,” Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said.
“He loves this club, and his knowledge and experience of the game have benefitted the younger players in the squad. We are delighted that he has extended his time with the Club.”