#18 Alex Hughes - All-rounder

Bat: Right-hand
Bowling: Right-arm medium
Birth Place: Wordsley, Staffordshire

High Score: 142 (v Gloucestershire 2017)
Best Bowling Figures: 4-46 (v Glamorgan 2014)

Date of Birth: 29/09/1991 (28 years old)

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Alex Hughes, a product of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby, has quickly established himself as integral part of the Derbyshire squad.

2017 was a standout campaign for the all-rounder as he went on to enjoy the best season of his career, which earned him a new deal and committing him to the Club until the end of the 2020 season.

He hit over 1,000 runs across all formats, going on to receive his County Cap at the end of the season – only the second Academy graduate ever to be capped.

He was the Club’s 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.

More than useful with the ball, Hughes enjoyed his most prolific summer with the ball in 2018, finishing the Vitality Blast campaign as the Club’s leading wicket taker with 17, including best figures of 4-42.

At the end of the same summer he signed a one-year contract extension to commit to the Club until the end of 2021.

Hughes made his first-team debut in a Twenty20 fixture against Yorkshire in 2011. It was his only senior appearance that year, but he went on to feature in seven 40-over matches and a further three 20-over games in 2012, earning him a new contract as a result.

Hughes appeared in the Club’s final six Division One fixtures in 2013, starting with the victory at Hove, as a number of young players made their first-class debuts.

Hughes would claim six wickets and add 136 runs as Derbyshire claimed memorable wins over Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset. He also featured in three Twenty20 appearances and nine List A fixtures, compiling a top score of 59 not out in the county’s victory over Essex at Leek.

Hughes scored his maiden first-class century versus Northamptonshire in 2015, as well as becoming a key component of the team in one-day competitions.

It was the foundations for what was to come from the talented home-grown player.