Hughes commits to Derbyshire

07 December 2017 03:03:17 EST

Alex Hughes, who was an ever-present for Derbyshire in the 2017 season, has signed a new three-year deal with the county.

All-rounder Hughes, 26, will now remain on the playing staff at Derby until the end of the 2020 season.

Having featured in every competitive domestic game for Derbyshire last summer, he hit 800 first-class runs, including a career-best 142 against Gloucestershire in September.

Hughes also struck over 350 runs, topping the club's batting averages in the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, won his county cap and was named Derbyshire's player of the year.

"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," said club captain Billy Godleman.

"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."

Derbyshire academy graduate Hughes added: "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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