Bideford welcome Somerset back to Westward Ho! for James Hildreth tesimonial

Somerset CCC's James Hildreth.

Somerset CCC's James Hildreth. - Credit: Archant

The special T20 games takes place on Sunday, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West

Somerset CCC's James Hildreth.

Somerset CCC's James Hildreth. - Credit: Archant

Somerset County Cricket Club will come up against Bideford Cricket Club on Sunday.

Somerset – last year’s County Championship runners up – will be making their way to Westward Ho! for a special T20 match starting at 2pm.

The fixture is part of Somerset batsman James Hildreth’s testimonial year.

As crowds for previous games have been good, Bideford have planned accordingly.

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Food tents and an outside bar will be open on match day. Somerset County Sports will have a stall selling cricket gear.

The Somerset side is set to include ex-England star North Devon’s own Jamie and Craig Overton.

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The Bideford squad will include players who have come up through the ranks at the club.

Bideford chairman Rod Hannam said: “It’s great to be able to reward the hard work and loyalty of our players by giving them the chance to pitch themselves against some of the best cricketers in the country.”

Proceeds from the game will go towards Children’s Hospice South West.

Tickets, costing £6 for adults, are available to buy from Bideford’s Children’s Hospice South West shop; Londis in Westward Ho! and Glover Stanbury in Bideford.

Bideford hosted Somerset in 2008 when Marcus Trescothick was the beneficiary.

Their last visit was in 2013 as part of Arul Suppiah’s testimonial season.

Hildreth made his Somerset debut in 2003 and was voted most promising young player of the year in 2004 by the Cricket Society.

A double hundred against Bangladesh for England Under-19s probably helped sway the judges.

Despite scoring heavily in County Cricket - he has made more than 30 First Class centuries - Hildreth has never been called-up by England for a Test.

He has featured in the England performance squad and also skippered England Lions on their 2011 tour to the West Indies.

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