Somerset batsman James Hildreth has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after he scored two centuries for his county.
Hildreth, who registered a triple-century early in the 2009 season, again found early-season form when he stroked 106 in 173 to help Somerset post 524 in reply to Hampshire's 512 in their LV= County Championship match at The Rose Bowl. He hit 12 fours and a six and his innings helped Somerset recover from losing early wickets and ensure that the match would eventually be drawn, with Somerset picking up one more bonus point than Hampshire.
Somerset, and Hildreth, then turned their attentions to the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition and put in a spectacular performance in front of their home crowd at Taunton to beat Sussex by four wickets.
After Sussex posted 291 for eight, Hildreth blasted an unbeaten 100 in 66 balls, hitting 11 fours and three sixes to guide his side over the line with nine balls to spare.
The century against Hampshire was his 13th in first-class cricket and the unbeaten 100 against Sussex was his fourth in limited overs cricket.
Other contenders for the weekly award were Hildreth's team-mate Jos Buttler, who registered his maiden first-class century against Hampshire and then scored 69 against Sussex, Durham's Ben Stokes, who also scored a maiden first-class century, Samit Patel, whose unbeaten century helped Nottinghamshire beat Hampshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and bowlers Azhar Mahmood of Kent and James Harris of Glamorgan, who both returned five-wicket hauls in the County Championship.
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