Middlesex have confirmed Paul Stirling, the powerful, hard-hitting Belfast born, right handed top order batsman, has signed a one year contract extension with the club, which will see him remain at Middlesex until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Stirling, 24, has earned himself a reputation as one of the most destructive batsman in the domestic white ball game, who this year has found some devastating early season form for Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast, smashing knocks of 39, 90 and 88 at a strike rate of 179 and an average of 72.33.
Since making his debut for Middlesex in April 2008, Stirling has made almost eighty appearances for the club in white ball cricket, hitting 1,197 runs in 38 List-A games at an average of just under 39 and 949 runs in 39 T20 matches at almost 26.
The Irishman then celebrated the new deal by smashing 254 in 241 balls for the second XI against Glamorgan, sharing a 388 run stand with Andy Balbirninie, who also made 205.
Middlesex recorded a staggering 605 runs in a single day and set the second XI record when they declared on 697 for eight.
In red ball cricket Stirling has made 10 first-class appearances for the club, hitting almost 500 runs at an average of just under 32.
Stirling’s occasional off-spin has also proved a useful weapon for Middlesex in all three forms of the game, yielding him seven first-class wickets, 15 List-A wickets and seven T20 wickets.
Stirling said: “It’s a real privilege to play for Middlesex County Cricket Club and playing here at Lord’s for the last six years has been a really special experience.”
“I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my current contract, which means that I’ll be here for at least another two years and am able to continue my long association with the club.”
Middlesex’s Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser added: “I am delighted that Paul has made a further commitment to Middlesex CCC. He remains one of the most skilled and destructive white ball cricketers around, as his t20 performances this season have shown.”
"Paul's red ball cricket is making good progress too. Looking forward, he has an important role to play in our future plans in all forms of cricket.”