Darren Maddy announces retirement from cricket

Warwickshire Bears star Darren Maddy has announced he will retire from professional cricket at the end of the season.

After 23 years in the game, the former Bears captain has won three trophies in seven years at Edgbaston, including the LV= County Championship 2012.

Darren Maddy announces his retirement Credit: Warwickshire Couny Cricket

The former Leicestershire player, who also played internationally, was the first to reach a 1,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.

Maddy said: "It’s been a tough decision to make over the last few weeks, but I realise that it’s the right time for me to bow out and give more opportunities for many of Warwickshire’s promising youngsters to come through and help build on the success of recent seasons.

“I’ve enjoyed a fantastic career, which I never thought would be possible when I signed my first professional contract with Leicestershire in 1991. However, it could not have happened without the great coaches, players, staff and fans who have supported me, as well as my family."