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 (26 years old)
Sponsored by: Boughton Loam
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. After signing a new two-year deal in October 2016, committing him to the Club until end of 2018, he went on to enjoy the best season of his career the following summer.
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.
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, including Ben Slater, 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.