Following the implementation of the Club’s new coaching model in the winter of 2016, Billy took on greater responsibility in his role as Club Captain, responsible for team selection and on-field performances.
And after a win-less 2016 Championship campaign, things turned around in 2017 and progression in the four-day format was notable. The county ended the season with three wins, including two out of the last three games of the year.
The extra responsibility didn’t slow Godleman down, ending the season as the county’s second highest run scorer with 799 runs at an average of 40 and a highest-score of 156 not out.
He also enjoyed success in white ball cricket, scoring 500 runs across the two formats.
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, when 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 2013.
Godleman hit his maiden first-class century for Derbyshire in 2014, when his unbeaten 104 helped the county defeat 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 County Championship runs, 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.
The Club captain signed a three-year contract extension in 2018, keeping him with the Club until the end of the 2021 season.
Godleman once again led from the front in 2019, scoring more than 2,000 runs throughout the season, including three-consecutive List A centuries, and captaining the side to a maiden Vitality Blast Finals Day appearance.