Hughes commits future to Derbyshire

Alex Hughes has committed his long-term future to Derbyshire by signing a new three-year deal to keep him at the Club until the end of the 2020 season.

The all-rounder, who has progressed through the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby to the senior team, enjoyed a career-best year in 2017.

The 26-year-old, who featured in every domestic game for Derbyshire last summer, hit 800 first-class runs, including a career-high 142 against Gloucestershire in September.

He was also a mainstay in the county’s limited overs teams, hitting over 350 runs and topping the Club’s batting averages in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Marking a memorable year, Hughes was awarded his County Cap in September and was named Player of the Year at the Club’s end of season awards evening.

Captain, Billy Godleman said: “Alex is a great lad and works hard at his game. He offers us a range of skills across all forms and we’re pleased to see him commit his future to the Club.

“He is developing into a high-class batsman, a very capable bowler and an exceptional fielder. He is a real team man and an individual we can build a side around for years to come.”

Hughes added: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract at Derbyshire, a Club I have been with for many years since joining the Academy.

“In 2017, I was given a lot more opportunities with the bat, which I was grateful for, and hopefully I can keep repaying that faith with more good performances.

“Receiving my County Cap at the end of the year was a nice surprise and I am very honoured to follow in the footsteps of some great Derbyshire players.

“I want to continue to contribute to the team in whatever way I can. We’re always working hard to improve and get our performances right, and hopefully more wins and chances for silverware will come with that.”

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