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Product of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby, all-rounder Hughes made his first-team debut against Yorkshire in the 2011 domestic Twenty20 competition.
It was his only senior appearance in 2011, but he went on to feature in seven 40-over matches and a further three 20-over games in 2012, earning him a new contract as a result.
The promising all-rounder enjoyed his most successfully season to date in 2013, making his first-class debut in Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship Division One victory against Sussex at Hove in August.
Hughes appeared in the Club’s final six top-flight fixtures in 2013, claiming six wickets and adding 136 runs as Derbyshire claimed memorable wins over Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset.
The Academy graduate also made three Twenty20 appearances and featured in nine List A contests, compiling a top score of 59 not out in the county's victory over Essex at Leek.
Alex Hughes hit an unbeaten 59 and claimed figures of 3 for 56 as Derbyshire claimed a famous one-day victory against Essex Eagles at Leek.
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Jonathan Clare made a memorable first-class debut for Derbyshire claiming his maiden five-wicket haul against Nottinghamshire in 2007.
Product of the Lancashire youth system, the all-rounder joined Derbyshire in 2005 competing regular in the Second XI for two years before getting his first-class call up.
Clare enjoyed a fruitful 2008 season with bat and ball, scoring his maiden first-class hundred against Northamptonshire in July before picking up career-best bowling figures of 7 for 74 in the same game.
He was rewarded for a good season with a place in a three-week ECB strength and conditioning programme for fast bowlers in Florida, but struggled to find a place in the first XI in 2009 and 2010, when he was hampered by injuries.
Nonetheless, he bounce backed claiming 43 first-class wickets and scoring 688 runs in 2011, including a career-best 130 against Glamorgan at the County Ground, batting at No 9, adding a further 30 wickets at 21.40 in the 2012 Division Two title-winning season, having claimed his first 10-wicket match haul against Glamorgan - again - in April, when he took 11 for 57.
The all-rounder, however, was once again plagued by injury in 2013 which limited him to only six Championship fixtures in which he claimed 17 wickets.
Jonathan Clare claimed 5-29 against Somerset at The 3aaa County Ground in 2013.
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After a standout 2013 campaign, Captain Wayne Madsen signed a new three-year contract committing him to the Club until the end of the 2016 season.
After joining the Club in 2009, Madsen hit two centuries in his first four games with the county and averaged 57.78 in the County Championship in his first season.
He became a solid presence at the top of the Derbyshire order and was named Club Captain in 2012, leading the county to LV= County Championship promotion and their first silverware since 1993. During that season he compiled a career-best 231 against Northamptonshire and shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 261 with Tom Poynton which was just 23 runs short of the world record.
Madsen enjoyed his best season of his professional career in 2013. He became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season which brought a total of 1,239 first-class runs at 43.60 with three hundreds and eight fifties.
He also added 389 runs in the one-day arena in 2013, including a career-best List A score of 78 in Derbyshire’s 40-over match versus Lancashire.
Wayne Madsen hits his maiden first-class double century to finish the innings unbeaten on a career-best 231 against Northamptonshire in 2012. He shared a record-breaking ninth-wicket stand of 261 with Tom Poynton.
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Taunton-born all-rounder Wes Durston joined Derbyshire in 2010 and quickly became an integral part of both the Club’s limited overs and four-day sides.
Durston began his career with hometown side Somerset and become a regular part of their middle order by 2006. The previous year had been something of a breakthrough year as he played in seven Championship games and was an ever-present in Somerset’s victorious Twenty20 cup campaign.
He had shown promise ever since his debut in 2002 with a brisk 45-ball 55 against West Indies A, but after eight seasons at the county Durston lost his contract in 2009.
He signed up with the Unicorns - the ECB's Recreational XI of the best un-contracted players in the country - and smashed 117 from just 68 deliveries to lead his team to a record run chase as they reached 326 to beat Sussex in a Clydesdale Bank 40 clash in May 2010.
That innings put Durston on the radar once again and he was duly signed by Derbyshire for their domestic Twenty20 campaign. After blazing a club record 111 off 59 deliveries against Nottinghamshire he was offered a full-time contract.
In the following two seasons he hit five first-class centuries as well as taking 60 wickets in all cricket. He passed 1,000 first-class runs in one season for the first time in 2011 and was Derbyshire's second highest Championship run-scorer with 801 in the promotion winning 2012 season.
Highlights from Wes Durston's 2013 limited overs campaign in which he became the Club's leading Twenty20 run scorer.
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