Birth Place: Taunton, Somerset
High Score: 168 (v Northamptonshire 2017)
Best Bowling Figures: 7-20
Date of Birth: 04/08/1990 (28 years old)
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Luis Reece made a fresh start at Derbyshire in 2017, and he took it with both hands enjoying one of best seasons of his career to date.
The ex-Lancashire batsman quickly became a regular for his new county, ending the year as the third highest run scorer across all forms.
He enjoyed a record T20 Blast campaign, in his first full season in the format, scoring 433 runs including four fifties – a joint Club record – and a career-best 97 not out against his former county.
He added 732 runs in the four-day format, his second highest season tally, which also included two centuries.
Born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1990, Reece made his first steps into cricket when he played for Lancashire Second XI in 2007 at the age of 17, and was offered a place on the Red Rose Academy in the following year.
Whilst at University, the left-arm bowler turned out for Leeds/Bradford MCCU and made his first-class debut in 2012.
Released by Lancashire in 2016, he made the move to Derbyshire and has blossomed in his new surroundings.
After a standout campaign in 2017, which saw him scoop the Most Improved Player of the Year Award at the end of season Gala Dinner, he hit the ground running this summer with 157 not out in the opening game win against Middlesex.
A consistent performer with both bat and ball, Reece began the Royal London One-Day Cup competition well, until a broken metatarsal in his right foot curtailed much of the season, including the entire Vitality Blast campaign.
Determined to return to the field before the end of the season, the all-rounder worked tirelessly throughout his rehabilitation until he returned in the penultimate game of the season against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Back at The 3aaa County Ground for the final match of 2018 against Gloucestershire, he showed his all-round capabilities with 59 in the first innings, before taking a career-best 7-20 with the ball, Derbyshire’s third-best bowling analysis in the 21st century.
He has now committed his future to the Club by signing a one-year contract extension to keep him with Derbyshire until the end of the 2021 season.