James Hildreth: Dave Nosworthy can end Somerset's wait for silverware
James Hildreth has backed new director of cricket Dave Nosworthy to end Somerset's trophy hoodoo.
The South African has replaced Brian Rose, who stood down at the end of last season after seven years at the helm.
Former Millfield School student Hildreth, pictured, has been part of a side which have suffered several near misses in that time.
The Cidermen won the Twenty20 Cup in Rose's first year as director in 2005 but have failed to secure any further silverware, despite reaching the final of the T20 on three other occasions and the CB40 final twice.
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They have also finished as runners-up in the County Championship twice but Hildreth believes Nosworthy can help them get over the final hurdle.
"I think it has been quite a proactive move by the club to bring in a new director of cricket in order for us to progress," Hildreth told the club's official website.
"This is a big change for the club, so I think it is really brave of them to get in a new director of cricket in.
"Dave Nosworthy seems to be pretty ambitious and excited about coming over and will hopefully help us win some silverware.
"It's a good move by the club and we are all looking forward to him arriving at the County Ground."
After a lengthy winter training inside, 28-year-old Hildreth is eager to get back out in the middle as soon as possible.
"I have been training pretty hard indoors with batting coach Andy Hurry and we work well together," said Hildreth.
"I'm going quite hard on my batting and will be looking to score more runs this year, as well as doing my fitness programme.
"You get to this point of the year when you are just desperate to get outside.
"You spend a lot of time indoors feeling good about your game but you can only really tell how you are outside on the grass.
"I'm desperate to get outside and for the weather to improve, so I can get back on the cricket field."