On This Day - Darren Maddy
This Day - May 23 - is former Leicestershire County Cricket Player, Darren Maddy's birthday. As we mark his birthday, Richard Holdridge takes a look back at Darren's career.
Darren Maddy is very much a modern hero. He was good enough to be selected for England in three test matches during a difficult time for the England team.
In his final innings of the now famous rain ruined match at Centurion in 2000, he sacrificed his wicket in a suicidal run out after scoring just 3 runs. He also played 8 One Day Internationals and 4 Twenty 20 Internationals, all in the World T20 of September 2007, where he was selected very much as a T20 specialist.
He was capped by Leicestershire at the end of the match that sealed the 1996 County Championship and he was a key member of the 1998 win. He was one of the main reasons why the club achieved success in the 2004 and 2006 Twenty 20 competitions. His century against Yorkshire in 2004 was the first by a county batsman, and his 86 not out against Notts in the 2006 Final helped secure victory by just 4 runs.
He was ideally suited to one day cricket. A brilliant fielder with a safe pair of hands, an accurate bowler at just above medium pace, and an aggressive batsman, who also ran well and safely between wickets.
In 2007 he moved to Warwickshire where he became captain. Injury affected his later career and he retired from first class cricket in 2013. He did though continue to play successfully in the Birmingham League and continues as cricket Professional at Solihull School.
Main image - Darren Maddy and Phil Simmons on the balcony at Grace Road
Richard Holdridge - Club Historian