Bowling: Right-arm leg-break
Birth Place: Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Highest Score: 148* (List A vs Northamptonshire 2016)
Date of Birth: 26/08/1991 (26 years old)
Sponsored by: Brampton Brewery
Chesterfield-born Ben Slater, another product of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby, is an opening batsman capable of playing across all forms.
The left-handed top-order batsman, who made his first-class debut for Leeds/Bradford MCCU against Surrey in April 2012, made his first-class and List A debuts for the county in 2013.
A Derbyshire age group player from under-13 upwards, he made his Second XI debut in 2009 and has scored heavily at that level, posting 12 half-centuries and two hundreds in his first 60 matches.
He began the 2013 county cricket season competing in the Second XI, in which he notched five 50s and two centuries in 19 matches which earned him a call-up into the senior side.
In his debut County Championship Division One campaign, Slater scored 335 runs, including an unbeaten 66 against Sussex in Derbyshire’s famous victory over Sussex at Hove.
The summer of 2014 was a breakthrough season for the young opener who cemented his place at the top of the order. He hit 646 runs in seven first-class appearances at an average of 46.14, including a maiden first-class century against Leicestershire in September. The fixture against Leicestershire was a memorable match for Slater, who became the 16th Derbyshire player to hit back to back centuries in a first-class fixture, hitting 104 and 119 in successive innings.
Slater featured in 14 of the 16 County Championship fixtures in 2015 and struck seven half-centuries as he accumulated 779 runs.
In 2016, Slater scored a career-best 148 not out against Northamptonshire in the Royal London One Day Cup, only a couple of games after scoring 124 against Sri Lanka A in a tour match at The 3aaa County Ground.