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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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