Hildreth hammers a ton in T20 testimonial game against South Devon

James Hildreth on his way to a century in the T20 testimonial game between South Devon and Somerset

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SOMERSET cricket captain James Hildreth was the star of his own show at South Devon CC on Tuesday night.

The Newton Abbot club hosted Somerset in a twenty20 game as part of Hildreth’s testimonial season.

A crowd of around 600 turned out to watch the game and see England stars past and present Marcus Trescothick and Craig Overton in action.

Overton’s next match is at Taunton on Friday when he plays for England in a full Twenty20 international against South Africa.

Hildreth smashed the South Devon bowling for 132 in Somerset’s total of 260 for three.

Trescothick was dismissed cheaply, one of two wickets for South Devon captain Ali Wright, who also accounted for Somerset 1st XI captain Tom Abell.

The other wicket to fall was that of young Zimbabwean Eddie Byrom (60), who fell to the bowling of South Devon’s guest player Kevin Nicholson, the Torquay United manager.

South Devon made 105 all out – Dinesh Raheja top scoring with 53.

Tony Sutton (left) talks bats with James Hildreth before the game. Steve Pope/MDABefore the match Hildreth and the Somerset players were introduced to former South Devon captain Tony Sutton, who was the guest of honour at the game.

Sutton, who was 96 earlier this year, played for Somerset in 1948 after leaving Oxford University. He is the county’s oldest, living former player.

He went on to have a long career in law as a solicitor in Teignmouth and played club cricket for South Devon for more than 20 years.

South Devon’s new £10,000 electronic scorebox, paid for by a legacy from the late David Jervois and sponsored by Specsavers, was officially opened on the night of the match.

Jervois was the South Devon secretary from 1964-2014.

Barry Widdicombe, the South Devon chairman, said the match was a huge success.

“It was a superb evening for cricket and the town turned out to support us,” said Widdicombe.

“A lot of hard work goes into staging a game like this, all by volunteers who give up hundreds of hours to get the arrangements just right. A big ‘thank-you’ to them

“The Somerset players were fantastic – as they always are when they come to us.

“Two years ago they made many friends when we hosted a similar game for Peter Trego.

“The Somerset players ran coaching for our youngsters before the big game and spend time signing autographs and chatting, to them during the match.”

All lit up! South Devon's new scoerbox, which was officially switched on by James Hildreth