Darren Ironside receives county cap

August 25, 2022

DARREN Ironside has been capped by Suffolk.

Ironside, who made his debut for Suffolk in 2017, has enjoyed a purple patch for the county in the second half of the season, scoring 455 runs in his last four innings.

The 27-year-old all-rounder missed the opening NCCA Championship Eastern Division One match of the season against Lincolnshire through injury and was dismissed for 0 and 4 in the three-day fixture against Norfolk.

But after scoring an undefeated 53 against Kent Spitfires in the Showcase match at Woolpit at the end of July, Ironside has enjoyed a rich vein of form.

He made scores of 146 and 81 in the five-wicket win against Staffordshire at Checkley CC – his 146 coming five years to the day of his only previous century for the county.

He followed that up with 152 and 76 in the 136-run victory over Bedfordshire at Flitwick CC, the same ground where he had posted that 125 not out in a three-wicket win in 2017.

When he reached 54 in his second innings on Monday he passed the qualifying mark of 1,000 Championship runs for Suffolk to earn his county cap.

After starting the season with 563 Championship runs at an average of 22,52, Ironside has now scored 1,022 at an average of 32.96.

Ironside, who plays his club cricket for Mildenhall CC, has also taken 17 Championship wickets with his off spin at an average of 45.41 apiece.

He said: “I have loved every minute of it and to contribute to the team is always special. It is a real privilege for me to receive my county cap.”

Darren Ironside (left) is pictured above receiving his cap from Suffolk CCC Chairman Andrew Squire (right) after the match versus Bedfordshire at Flitwick CC.

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