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Ireland news

Joyce, Niall O'Brien given Cricket Ireland contracts

Dec 21, 2016: Cricket Ireland has announced its list of centrally contracted players for 2017, with the return of Ed Joyce and a specialist wicketkeeping role for Niall O'Brien among the most significant developments

ESPNcricinfo staff

Born in Ireland, toughened in Aussie

Sep 27, 2016: Niall O'Brien remembers his experiences of playing grade cricket down under, and making friends called Burto, Pidgey and Bakes

Sam Perry

Ireland news

O'Brien, Young, Rankin return for Pakistan series

Jul 28, 2016: Ireland have been boosted ahead of their one-day series against Pakistan next month by being able to name Niall O'Brien, Craig Young and Boyd Rankin in their squad for the two ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Glamorgan v Leicestershire, County Championship, Division Two, 2nd day

O'Brien's 93 keeps contest even

Apr 18, 2016: Niall O'Brien fell seven runs short of a century as he helped Leicestershire recover from 99 for 3 to 297 for 6 by the second day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan

ECB Reporters Network

PNG v Ireland, Intercontinental Cup, Townsville

O'Brien brothers carry Ireland past PNG

Feb 3, 2016: Ireland maintained their flawless run in the current edition of the Intercontinental Cup, once again claiming the maximum 20 points with a 146-run win over Papua New Guinea

ESPNcricinfo staff

Northants v Leicestershire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, 2nd day

Cosgrove ton sets up Leicestershire lead

Aug 22, 2015: Mark Cosgrove's second consecutive century and a breezy 95 from Niall O'Brien helped Leicestershire fight back from 34 for four to take a lead of 47 at Wantage Road. Cosgrove's 110 mirrored the captain's knock played by Alex Wakely on day one and saw Leic


Leicestershire v Derbyshire, LV= County Championship Div 2, Grace Rd, 4th day

Leicestershire end three-year Grace Road drought

Aug 10, 2015: A fine 87 from Niall O'Brien, and a four-hour feat of concentration from 20-year-old batsman Aadil Ali, helped Leicestershire complete their first county championship victory at Grace Road since 2012


ICC news

Anger as 10-team World Cup not up for debate

Jul 1, 2015: For all the outcry, the ICC annual conference remained wedded to a 10-team World Cup looks set to go ahead in England - and the ECB's unyielding attitude has caused resentment from Ireland and Scotland in particular

Tim Wigmore

Leicestershire v Derbyshire, NatWest T20 Blast, North Group, Grace Road

O'Brien gives Leicestershire winning feeling

May 22, 2015: Niall O'Brien hit 47 off 27 balls to guide Leicestershire to their first win of the season in all forms of cricket


Leics v Glam, Div 2, Grace Road, 4th day

Keepers Wallace and O'Brien in record day

Apr 15, 2015: Mark Wallace and Niall O'Brien both took county records from a stalemate at Grace Road

Press Association

Ireland v Scotland, Dubai triangular series

N O'Brien 80* steers Ireland to win

Jan 12, 2015: Niall O'Brien's unbeaten 80 anchored Ireland's 217-run chase and led them to a three-wicket win over Scotland, their second victory of the triangular series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gloucestershire v Leicestershire, Bristol, 3rd day

O'Brien, Eckersley keep runs flowing

Sep 11, 2014: Niall O'Brien hit a run-a-ball century as Leicestershire extended their first innings total to 565 all out on the third day of the batsmen-dominated match against Gloucestershire at Bristol

Press Association

Leicestershire v Surrey, Grace Road, 2nd day

O'Brien, Taylor revive Leicestershire

Aug 16, 2014: Stand-in captain Niall O'Brien led the way as Leicestershire staged a spirited fightback in a bid to avoid the follow-on against Surrey at Grace Road

Press Association

Hampshire v Leicestershire, Royal London Cup, Ageas Bowl

O'Brien ton blasts Leicester to victory

Aug 6, 2014: Niall O'Brien's perfectly paced century enabled Leicestershire to beat Hampshire by six wickets in a rain-truncated match at the Ageas Bowl.

Press Association

Leicestershire v Derbyshire, Grace Road, 1st day

O'Brien staves off Footitt threat

Jun 8, 2014: Derbyshire's seamer Tim Groenewald chose the rearranged match against Leicestershire, postponed after the death of Tim Poynton's father in a car accident, to announce that he would be leaving the county at the end of the season

Press Association

Leicestershire v Glamorgan, Grace Road, 2nd day

Glamorgan respond after Leicestershire's 500

Apr 28, 2014: Glamorgan openers Gareth Rees and Jacques Rudolph made good progress with a half-century each as they looked to reel in a large Leicestershire total at Grace Road

Press Association

Ireland cricket

Ireland left to ponder questions after World T20 exit

Mar 22, 2014: When the dust over their exit from the World Twenty20 settles, Ireland will have to introspect and find answers to concerns on their long-term team composition and strategies

Ger Siggins

'A shame if none of the current team played Tests'

Feb 7, 2014: Niall and Kevin O'Brien talk about their formative years in Dublin and reflect on their contribution to the giant strides Ireland have made in recent years

Interview by Jo Harman

Ireland v Scotland, WCL Championship, Belfast

Ireland claim WCL Championship with thumping win

Sep 8, 2013: Having already ticked off one major box - qualifying for the 2011 World Cup in July - Ireland secured the World Cricket League Championship trophy after beating Scotland convincingly by seven wickets in Stormont

ESPNcricinfo staff

Best of the rest

Aug 19, 2013: A look at some players who missed out on Test cricket because they came from Associate-member countries. (One from each nation.)

Steven Lynch
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