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Somerset batter Hildreth brings forward retirement

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Somerset batter James Hildreth has made more first-class appearances for the club than any other player

Somerset batter James Hildreth has brought forward his retirement after injuring his hamstring in their One-Day Cup defeat by Durham on Wednesday.

He will now be sidelined for the remainder of Somerset’s 50-over fixtures this season.

“With this in mind, James has revealed he feels the time is right to retire with immediate effect,” the club said.external-link

After making his first-class debut in 2003, Hildreth has played for Somerset more than any other player, amassing 28,000 runs and 56 centuries in 715 matches across all formats.

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The right-hander is Somerset’s all-time leading run-scorer in T20 cricket and their third-highest in first-class cricket, scoring more than 17,000 runs at an average of 40.46.

Hildreth will be present at the club’s One-Day Cup game against Sussex on Taunton on Friday to allow supporters to show their appreciation for his career.

He was Somerset’s hero in their last two white-ball trophy victories, scoring the winning runs as the club won the Twenty20 Cup in 2005 and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2019.

After being awarded his county cap in 2007 Hildreth was granted a testimonial year in 2017, with only Marcus Trescothick, Harold Gimblett and Viv Richards scoring more first-class hundreds for the club.

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When news of his retirement broke, Somerset director of cricket, Andy Hurry, said Hildreth would “go down in history as one of the best players” to ever represent the club.

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