Chesney Francis Hughes
January 20, 1991, Anguilla
Left hand Bat
Slow Left arm Orthodox
Chesney Hughes became only the third Anguillan to play county cricket when he made his Derbyshire debut, following Omari Banks and a former Hampshire favourite, Cardigan Connor. It was Connor who recommended the teenager to Derbyshire head of cricket John Morris in early 2009 when he was playing for Fleetwood in the North Lancashire League.
Hughes' gutsy 41 on his first-class debut in May 2010 against Middlesex, an attack including the likes of Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh and Iain O'Brien at Lord's, hinted at his tenacity. Two weeks later, he struck his maiden first-class century against Gloucestershire in a County Championship Division Two match at Derby, reaching three figures in only his fifth Championship innings at the age of 19.
A left-handed batsman and a more-than-useful left-arm finger spinner, Hughes played youth cricket for Leeward Islands before making his senior debut for Anguilla in the Stanford Twenty20 competition in 2006. A British passport holder, he departed for England in 2009 and after finding a place in Derbyshire's Second XI in 2009 was awarded a three-year contract with the county in June 2010. He qualified for England, as well as West Indies, in 2013.
After two good seasons in 2010 and 2011, Hughes endured a frustrating 2012. Derbyshire preferred Paul Borrington in the Championship side at the start of the season and the wet weather limited opportunities for Hughes to catch the eye in the Second XI. When he did regain his place in June, he lost it after just one appearance with the arrival of Usman Khawaja as overseas player.
But he was one of the few Derbyshire players to have happy memories of their Division One campaign in 2013. He began the season by striking an unbeaten 270 against Yorkshire at Headingley, the second highest individual innings in Derbyshire history. He only added another 366 for the rest of the Championship season, but he was Derbyshire's top scorer in the 40-over game.
His career hit an impasse in 2016 when he averaged 53 in the Championship, but his season was soured by unproductive contractual negotiations and he was released, at 25, at the end of the season.
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