James Hildreth guides Somerset to Royal London Cup final win over Hampshire

by Theguardian

Cricket
• Scores: Hampshire 244-8, Somerset 245-4• Somerset win by six wickets

Perhaps they turned the television off in the Somerset dressing room. Upon the screen at various intervals was a graphic which demonstrated that over the last 10 years Somerset had been runners-up 10 times in the various competitions that have adorned the domestic season – not a particularly helpful reminder.

Yet the burden of all those near-misses did not seem to haunt Tom Abell’s team. It all looked so straightforward for them to win a trophy for Somerset for the first time since 2005 when they won the T20, with a young James Hildreth in the side. This time an older, yet still fleet-footed Hildreth was on hand to guide the side home with a calm, impeccable innings of 69 not out. He was also there at the end of an impressive chase 14 years ago.

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