Solihull School Signs Up Darren Maddy

Darren Maddy
Darren Maddy
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Solihull School has appointed England star and former Warwickshire captain Darren Maddy as its new Master in Charge of Cricket.

The former England all-rounder will end his professional career with Warwickshire at the end of this month.

He will then coach youngsters from ages 7 to 18 at the school in Warwick Road.

Solihull has a proud tradition of producing county cricketers, the most recent of whom is former Warwickshire and current Derbyshire wicket-keeper Richard Johnson.

Maddy was the first man to reach 1,000 Twenty20 runs but also played Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International cricket for his country.

He played the majority of his county career for Leicestershire before moving to Edgbaston in 2007, leading the side to the County Championship Division Two title in 2008.

He was also part of the squad that won the CB40 competition in 2010 and the County Championship in 2012.

"When the opportunity arose to take up a full-time coaching role at a school with such an outstanding environment, the decision was easy to make," Maddy said.

"I am excited to be able to pass on my 23 years of experience as a professional cricketer to develop young sports stars of the future.

He added: "Over the coming year I will be extending my professional development by working towards the elite ECB Level 4 coaching qualification and broadening my experience and qualifications across a range of other sports."

Maddy takes over from another former Warwickshire man in David Hemp, who will be travelling to the United Arab Emirates this winter to represent Bermuda in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier.

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