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James Hildreth confesses winning the County Championship with Somerset 'would mean the world'

The batsman enjoyed a fantastic 2018, finishing as Somerset's leading runscorer and the only player other than Surrey's Rory Burns to make it past 1,000 runs, but was unable to inspire Somerset to what would have been their first ever title...

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James Hildreth has spoken of his desire to finally win the County Championship with Somerset, ahead of the upcoming 2019 season which they begin at home to Kent on April 5.

The batsman enjoyed a fantastic 2018, finishing as Somerset's leading runscorer and the only player other than Surrey's Rory Burns to make it past 1,000 runs.

He was unable to inspire his side to what would have been their first ever County Championship title however, as they ended the season in second behind runaway leaders Surrey - the second time in three years they have finished runners-up.

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Somerset could only watch as Middlesex claimed the title on the last day in 2016

Speaking at Taunton, he touched on how those almost seasons made them even hungrier to succeed.

"We've got so close a couple of times and I've watched teams raise the trophy here, like when Lancashire won it, and I think that fuels the fire that we can go that one step further and lift the trophy here," he explained.

"Maybe I'm at a different stage in my career to the youngsters, and maybe they look upon it differently. But for me, winning the Championship is the number one goal with Somerset.

"The idea of lifting the trophy [at Taunton] and seeing all the members, and how much they want it and how much support they give us - that would mean the world. That is my ultimate goal with Somerset."

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