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​New deals for two cricketers

6th October 2016

New deals for two cricketers

Opening batsman Ben Slater and all-rounder Alex Hughes have both signed two year deals at Derbyshire, committing themselves to the club until the end of the 2018 season.

25-year-old Slater was named the club’s Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year this summer after hitting 328 runs at an average of 82, including a top score of 148 not out – the highest score by a Derbyshire batsman against a first-class county in List A cricket.  

Director of Cricket, Kim Barnett said: “Ben is a talented local lad who has progressed through the Academy and is now cementing his place at the top of the order in the first team.

“He continues to work hard on his game and has reaped the rewards, particularly in the one-day competition, and we hope he can continue to produce consistent performances across both red and white ball cricket.” 

Slater added: “Derbyshire is my home county and I’m delighted to sign a new deal. The Club has big ambitions for the future and I look forward to playing my part.” 

In five Specsavers County Championship matches, Hughes hit 299 runs at an average of 34, including a career-best 140 against Gloucestershire at The 3aaa County Ground in September.  

The 24-year-old captained the side in nine limited-overs fixtures this summer, leading the Falcons to four victories.  

Barnett said: “Alex is an exciting cricketer who provides us with options with both bat and ball. “When given the opportunity, he has risen to the challenge and shown what he can do, performing very well, whilst also displaying exceptional leadership skills.” 

Hughes added: “I’m delighted to extend my deal at Derbyshire. We, as players, are all determined to come back stronger in 2017 and I’m very excited about the club’s plans and what we can achieve together.”


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