Hughes named Player of the Year

Alex Hughes was the big winner at Friday night’s end of season Gala Dinner awards ceremony, scooping the 2017 Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old, who was awarded his County Cap last week, enjoyed his best season in a Derbyshire shirt.

He was the leading run scorer in first-class cricket hitting 800 runs, his most ever in a season, at an average of 40. He also topped the county’s List A averages and added 180 runs in T20 Blast – also a career-best tally for a season.

Wayne Madsen picked up the NatWest T20 Blast Player of the Year following his record-breaking campaign in which he scored 526 runs, the most ever by a Derbyshire player in a single season. He also took 13 wickets.

Captain Billy Godleman’s three centuries in the red-ball competition, at an average of 40 with a top-score of 156 not out, saw him pick up the Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year award.

While Ben Slater became the Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year for a second consecutive year after the opener led the run-scoring charts for the Club with 312 at an average of 52, with three half-centuries.

The list of winners in full is as follows:

Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy Player of the Year: Callum Brodrick

Chris Warne Shield for Academy Performance: Hamidullah Qadri (5-60 vs Glamorgan)

Second XI Player of the Year: Harvey Hosein

Most Improved Player (Sponsored by Derby Telegraph): Luis Reece

Eddie Barlow Inspirational Performance Award (Sponsored by David Griffin): Hardus Viljoen (15-170 vs Sussex)

NatWest T20 Blast Player of the Year (Sponsored by 3aaa): Wayne Madsen

Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year (Sponsored by Showcase Cinema de Lux): Ben Slater

Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year (Sponsored by the University of Derby): Billy Godleman

Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire Award (Sponsored by Briggs of Burton): Callum Brodrick

Player of the Year: Alex Hughes

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