James Hildreth signs Somerset extension

18 April 2017 05:54

Somerset batsman James Hildreth has signed a new four-year contract with the county.

The deal ties the long-serving 32-year-old to the West Country side until the end of the 2021 season.

Hildreth has amassed more than 21,000 runs since making his Somerset debut in 2003 - recording 39 first-class hundreds with a top score of 303 not out - and can perhaps consider himself unlucky never to have represented England beyond Lions level.

The Milton Keynes-born batsman, who is celebrating his testimonial season, said on the Somerset wesbite: "Obviously I'm delighted to have committed my future to Somerset.

"I love playing for the club and honestly can't imagine playing anywhere else. The next few years look like they are going to be really exciting for Somerset and I'm thrilled that I'll be a part of that.

Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard said: "Hildy is an outstanding professional and epitomises everything that this club is about. The way he goes about his business is first class and he's a very tough individual as was evident last year when he played on with a fractured ankle. He still has a tremendous amount to offer this club."

Source: PA