Middlesex v Gloucestershire, Friends Life t20, Uxbridge June 26, 2011

Kevin O'Brien butchers rapid ton


Gloucestershire 254 for 3 beat Middlesex 149 for 8 by 105 runs

A stunning 44-ball century from Kevin O'Brien helped Gloucestershire post the highest total in domestic T20 cricket and move off the foot of the Friends Life South Group after overcoming fellow-strugglers Middlesex by 105 runs at Uxbridge.

The Gladiators racked up 254 for three against a toothless Panthers attack - beating the 250 for three recorded by Somerset, against Gloucestershire, at Taunton in 2006.

They were also only four runs away from equalling the world record set by Sri Lanka against Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 .

Irish World Cup star O'Brien crashed 119 off 52 balls and Hamish Marshall hit 102 in 54 deliveries as the Gladiators became the first side to boast two centurions in the same T20 innings.

O'Brien, whose previous best in domestic Twenty20 cricket was 39 not out, revived memories of his thrilling 113 against England in this year's World Cup as the 27-year-old Irishman made the most of being dropped on 14 and 33 to bring up his fifty from 23 balls.

He motored to his hundred in just 44 deliveries in the 13th over, and moments later Marshall, who had also been dropped on 21, moved on to a 33-ball half-century.

The pair enjoyed an opening stand of 192, a new record for any wicket in domestic Twenty20 cricket, before O'Brien holed out to long-on and walked off to standing ovation having struck a total of 11 sixes and seven fours.

Marshall simply picked up where O'Brien left off, raising his hundred - off 53 balls - with the third of three successive fours off Anthony Ireland in the 19th over, although not before Williamson had been caught on the deep point boundary.

When Marshall eventually lobbed a catch to mid-on, he too received a rousing reception having hit four sixes and 11 fours in his 102.

In the face of such a daunting total, Middlesex crumbled to 15 for three in the fourth over before making a recovery of sorts thanks to Dawid Malan, the Panthers acting captain, who hit 32 before he was stumped off Ed Young.

John Simpson made a plucky 38 off 27 balls and Tom Smith struck an unbeaten 36, but by that time the result was never in question. The Panthers eventually mustered 149 for eight, with Jon Lewis taking 3 for 31.

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  • Mansoor on June 27, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    kevin o brian and hamish marshall are very good batsmen and ireland hero of world cup 2011 crashed a century of 113 and will continue this form

  • Cricinfouser on June 27, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    that was awsome!!!!!!!!...

  • Nishantha on June 27, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Its so nice to see Kevin O'Brien play like this cos this is the confidence he and his Ireland team need to improve there cricket. We all in Sri Lanka is waiting to see this man in Action in the SLPL next month.

  • Joe on June 27, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    I agree the issue is whether the associates, Ireland included, should have a qualification path to try to get to the world cup and not whether Bangla or Zim have a free pass. Great to see that a qualifying process has been recommended, now we just have to wait and see if it is finally agreed upon and then, if so, what we have to do to get there. Just please dont hold the qualifying tourney in Asia, the wickets there are so different from Australia.

    PS Bangla may not be great test side, but you would be a fool to write them off in ODI's, not sure I could say the same about Zim mind.

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  • Anver on June 27, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    What a swashbuckling opening pair !!!!! Just imagine if same pair opens for Ireland in future ............

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Well done Kevin! :D .........................

  • Michael on June 27, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Hamish Marshall (rolls eyes)...A Kiwi who wants to play for Ireland but can't because Cricket Ireland can't afford to compensate Gloucestershire for the loss of the money that the ECB give them because Marshall is classed by the ECB as an ENGLAND qualified player!!

  • Ed on June 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Hamish Marshall stopped being a New Zealander long ago.

    @Brian Martin and @Cricman123 and @chrismo: Hamish Marshall is Irish to be sure, to be sure - keep up guys!!

  • Garreth on June 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Hope the ICC saw this before their meeting in Hong Kong. This is what youll be leaving out of the world cup.

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