County Stats (19/20 season)
Not many folk can reflect on 2020 with a great deal of fondness for obvious reasons. All-rounder George Hill, however, certainly can. And 2021 was even better!
2020 was the year he broke through to prove he can mix it at first-team level having already helped England Under 19s claim some silverware in the World Cup in South Africa.
In 2021, he returned a number of eye-catching performances across the various formats with both bat and ball.
Born in Keighley and educated at Sedbergh School, just like Harry Brook and fellow young gun Matthew Revis, Hill took advantage of the unavailability of more senior players to play two Bob Willis Trophy and four Vitality Blast fixtures in 2020.
At the start of the year, he was England’s vice captain at the South African World Cup, where they won the Plate title, effectively ranking them as the best of the teams not to qualify out of the group stage.
The now 21-year-old, a right-handed batter who bowls skilful seamers, played four matches and produced impressive performances of 90 with the bat in a win over Sri Lanka having already taken 4-12 in victory over Nigeria.
2021 started with a second-team double century against Gloucestershire at Bristol in April, with his 207 underpinning Yorkshire’s 602-6 dec, the county’s highest ever total.
He went on to play seven first-team County Championship matches, taking seven wickets and, most importantly, scoring two half-centuries in a haul of 263 runs.
He posted 71 in victory at Northamptonshire and 55 in a draw at Hampshire, with both coming in an unfamiliar opener’s role, which he took to with aplomb.
Hill, who also played six Blast matches, also enjoyed significant success in the Royal London Cup.
In nine games, he scored 222 runs batting at four, including a superb 90 not out chasing 328 to beat Leicestershire at Grace Road in late July.
He also claimed 10 wickets, including a career best 3-47 in beating Warwickshire at York. Arguably more impressive was his 3-49 in a knockout qualification securing win against Glamorgan at Cardiff in August.
Hill has also represented Yorkshire at Under 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s as well as the club’s Academy side.
He first played for the county as an Under 14 in 2015, hitting an unbeaten 56 in his third match – against Lancashire at New Rover CC in Leeds.
His career best for the England Under 19s was 91 in an away Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong in February 2019. His aforementioned Nigerian four-for was his best haul with the ball.
Hill signed his maiden professional contract at Headingley in June 2019.