Birth Place: Camden, London
High Score: 204 (v Worcestershire 2016)
Best Bowling Figures: –
Date of Birth: 11/02/1989 (28 years old)
Sponsored by: Gerver Family
Club Captain Billy Godleman, who joined Derbyshire in 2012, signed a new contract in 2017 to commit himself to the Club until the end of the 2019 campaign.
The opening batsman was named Club Captain in 2016 and will lead the side in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup.
The talented opener earned his first county contract at the age of 17, becoming the second-youngest first-class debutant for Middlesex, behind team-mate and current England bowler Steven Finn.
Camden-born Godleman was identified by David English as a future England player when aged 15 at a Bunbury Festival. He went on to represent England schools at Under-15s, 16s, 17s and 18s level – and was selected for the Under-19s squad in 2007, which he made his mark with an unbeaten 149 in an ODI versus Pakistan – the highest Youth ODI innings for England.
After amassing 736 runs in 2008, Godleman struggled to find a place in the Middlesex first XI the following season, prompting a move to Essex in August 2009 before signing with Derbyshire in 2012.
Godleman hit his maiden first-class century for Derbyshire in 2014, when his unbeaten 104 helped the county defeated Surrey at the Kia Oval.
It was announced mid-way through the 2015 season that Godleman would be made the county’s vice-captain in all red-ball cricket after showing great form and leadership.
Godleman had a fantastic end to the 2015 campaign as he became just the fifth Derbyshire player in history to score three consecutive first-class centuries.
He ended the season with 1,069 LV= County Championship, his best tally in a single season, which earned him the prize of Derbyshire’s 2015 Player of the Year.
Godleman was then awarded the full captaincy in four-day cricket at the beginning of the 2016 season, and as captain, struck a career-best 204 against Worcestershire, one of three centuries he hit that season.