Paul Stirling: Middlesex and Ireland batsman extends contract

Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling holds the record for the highest one-day score for Ireland after he hit 177 against Canada in the 2011 World Cup

Middlesex batsman Paul Stirling has signed a one-year extension to his current contract to keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 24-year-old has been in sparkling form in this season's T20 Blast with an average of 72.33 and top score of 90.

He is also a regular member of Ireland's one-day and T20 sides.

"It's a real privilege to play for Middlesex and playing here at Lord's for the last six years has been a really special experience," he said.

"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."

Stirling joined Middlesex late in 2009, but made his first-class and limited-overs debuts at international level before playing for the county.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said: "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."