Hughes named Player of the Year

Friday 29th September 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Alex Hughes was the big winner at Friday night’s end of season Gala Dinner awards ceremony, scooping the 2017 Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old, who was awarded his County Cap last week, enjoyed his best season in a Derbyshire shirt.

He was the 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.

Wayne Madsen picked up the NatWest T20 Blast Player of the Year following his record-breaking campaign in which he scored 526 runs, the most ever by a Derbyshire player in a single season. He also took 13 wickets.

Captain Billy Godleman’s three centuries in the red-ball competition, at an average of 40 with a top-score of 156 not out, saw him pick up the Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year award.

While Ben Slater became the Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year for a second consecutive year after the opener led the run-scoring charts for the Club with 312 at an average of 52, with three half-centuries.

The list of winners in full is as follows:

Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy Player of the Year: Callum Brodrick

Chris Warne Shield for Academy Performance: Hamidullah Qadri (5-60 vs Glamorgan)

Second XI Player of the Year: Harvey Hosein

Most Improved Player (Sponsored by Derby Telegraph): Luis Reece

Eddie Barlow Inspirational Performance Award (Sponsored by David Griffin): Hardus Viljoen (15-170 vs Sussex)

NatWest T20 Blast Player of the Year (Sponsored by 3aaa): Wayne Madsen

Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year (Sponsored by Showcase Cinema de Lux): Ben Slater

Specsavers County Championship Player of the Year (Sponsored by the University of Derby): Billy Godleman

Spirit of Cricket Derbyshire Award (Sponsored by Briggs of Burton): Callum Brodrick

Player of the Year: Alex Hughes

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