Darren Maddy believes Warwickshire’s team is “going places” after their powerful start to the season.
And the experienced all-rounder aims to play a big part in the journey, having already had a major input to their rise to the top of the championship Division One table.
Maddy has endured some wretched ill-fortune with injuries in recent years. He was ruled out for a year by knee surgery then suffered a horror head-injury when hit by a short ball during pre-season practice and has also endured several fractures around his hands.
But he has bounced back hard this year, most impressively with a superb century which turned a likely defeat into victory over champions Lancashire at Liverpool.
That innings was all the more special for the 37-year-old in light of his torrid time in the last few seasons. And he is eager to remain at the heart of the Bears’ push for honours.
“It is still early in the season but we have started well and are very positive in our own minds about the way our season is going to go,” Maddy said.
“I think this club is going places. People not only work extremely hard but everything is geared to success and we are reaping the rewards for that hard work.
“I just want to play as big a part in that as I can after quite a difficult few years. That innings at Liverpool was special for me after everything that I have been through with the injuries and our difficult 2010 season, then us getting so close to winning the championship then missing out last year.
“To score a hundred in those circumstances against that attack on a used, turning pitch against the champions and taking four wickets as well was very satisying. It was a massive lift and I just want to take that confidence and form forward into the rest of the season.”
The high regard in which Maddy is held by his peers was clear from the ovation from the Warwickshire balcony at Aigburth when he reached his ton. Everyone connected to the club is delighted to see the former captain back to form and fitness after a catalogue of injury nightmares which tested even Maddy’s indefatigable resilience and optimism.