Hildreth eyes Somerset glory

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James Hildreth reflected on an excellent day on both a personal and team level before allowing his thoughts to drift towards a historic first LV= County Championship title for Somerset today.

Hildreth’s seventh century of the summer ensured Somerset picked up maximum batting points and, with Mark Stoneman and Gordon Muchall dismissed before the close, Durham go into the final day 31 runs ahead with eight second-innings wickets remaining.

With the weather causing Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire problems as much as the opposition in their final fixtures, Somerset go into the last day of the season six points clear at the top of the table.

“Our target was obviously to maximise our bonus points at the beginning of the day, to get up to that 400 mark was crucial in the context of the league,” Hildreth told ECBtv.

“We’re quite happy with how that went, we probably would have liked a couple more wickets at the end there but (Michael) Di Venuto played pretty well.”

Hildreth’s outstanding form this summer has led to talk of an international call-up, and the 26-year-old admits he is delighted with the way he has played.

“One of my targets at the beginning of the year was to try and get some more runs away from home and try to score some hundreds away form home and fortunately I’ve achieved that,” he added.

“Today was a pleasing innings. I wasn’t particularly focused on me getting a hundred; I just wanted to get those bonus points really.

“I guess that distracted me from my thoughts on my own innings and probably helped me in a way.”

If Somerset fail to win, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire can still deny them a first championship in their history.

“You can’t help but have a look at what’s going on elsewhere as that can dictate what happens in the league,” Hildreth said.

“We’re so close now. We’ve been lucky with the rain at the other grounds.

"It seems like fate is going to play a part; it’s really there for the taking for us.”

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