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Netherlands v Ireland, WCL Championship, Amstelveen

Ireland secure World Cup qualification after tie

Jul 9, 2013: Ireland secured qualification for the 2015 World Cup even though Netherlands snatched a last-ball tie

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Netherlands v Ireland, WCL Championship, Amstelveen

O'Briens power Ireland to big win

Jul 7, 2013: The O'Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, made telling contributions with bat and ball respectively to guide Ireland to a comprehensive 88-run win in Amstelveen

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Northants v Leicestershire, Northampton, 4th day

Duckett debut fifty shows promise

May 18, 2013: Ben Duckett, Northants' 18-year-old wicketkeeper, made a fifty on first-class debut as the Division Two leaders drew with Leicestershire

Leicestershire v Gloucestershire, YB40, Grace Road

Cobb and O'Brien embarrass Gloucestershire

May 4, 2013: Niall O'Brien and Josh Cobb both hit centuries as Leicestershire launched their Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign in style with a resounding victory against Gloucestershire at Grace Road

Leicestershire v Kent, Grace Road, 2nd day

Sarwan loss stunts Leicestershire's fight

Apr 18, 2013: Leicestershire launched a spirited fightback in their County Championship clash with Kent on another boundary-laden day at Grace Road

County news

O'Brien extends county love affair

Oct 25, 2012: Niall O'Brien, the Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman, has signed a three-year deal with Leicestershire

Alex Winter

County news

Niall O'Brien in Leicestershire talks

Sep 26, 2012: Ireland and Northamptonshire wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien is in talks with Leicestershire

George Dobell

Ireland v West Indies, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo

Johnston hits out at lack of fixtures

Sep 23, 2012: Trent Johnston has marked what could be his farewell match in a major tournament by condemning the reluctance of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to play them and put at risk their international status.

David Hopps

Glamorgan v Northamptonshire, Cardiff, 1st day

O'Brien hundred rallies Northants

Aug 28, 2012: Niall O'Brien scored his first century of the season as Northamptonshire had the better of the first day of their Division Two clash against Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.

Northamptonshire v Leicestershire, Northampton, 3rd day

Northants must not waste victory chance

Aug 12, 2012: After leading from the front and then falling away dramatically in their bid for promotion last season, perhaps Northamptonshire are simply running a canny race this time

Jon Culley at Northampton

Northamptonshire v Leicestershire, Northampton, 1st day

Peters ton sets Northants tone

Aug 10, 2012: Stephen Peters added another century to keep alive Northamptonshire's slim hopes of clinching promotion to Division One

Jon Culley at Northampton

Ireland news

Ireland resume World Cup quest

Jun 21, 2012: Ireland resume their quest to qualify for the 2015 World Cup next month with two World Cricket League ODIs against Afghanistan.

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Ireland v Australia, ODI, Stormont

Murtagh included in Ireland squad

Jun 11, 2012: Tim Murtagh, the Middlesex seamer, has been named in Ireland's squad to face Australia in the one-day international at Stormont on June 23

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Derbyshire v Northamptonshire, Derby, 2nd day

Wakely and O'Brien lift Northamptonshire

Apr 6, 2012: Alex Wakely and Niall O'Brien both hit half-centuries as Northamptonshire made a solid reply to Derbyshire's first-innings 286

Ireland v USA, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Dubai

Rankin shows his class to crush USA

Mar 16, 2012: Boyd Rankin's outstanding figures of 4 for 9 which propelled Ireland to victory against USA emphasised his talent

The Report by Ger Siggins in Dubai

Ireland tour of Kenya

No Niall O'Brien for Kenya tour

Jan 25, 2012: Niall O'Brien, the Ireland wicketkeeper batsman, has not been picked in the Ireland squad for the tour of Kenya due to his unavailability for part of the tour

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Ireland news

Ambitions split for O'Brien

Jan 21, 2012: Niall O'Brien, the Ireland wicketkeeper, is on a collision course with Cricket Ireland over his selection for a lucrative Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.

Gerard Siggins

County news

O'Brien extends Northants contract

Aug 17, 2011: Niall O'Brien has extended his contract with Northants to 2013, while the on-loan Kyle Coetzer will remain at the county until the end of the season, and seamer David Lucas is set to be released after five seasons

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Middlesex v Northamptonshire, Lord's, 3rd day

Crook's five not enough for Middlesex

Aug 13, 2011: Steven Crook returned only the second five-wicket haul of his first-class career against Northamptonshire but could not prevent them taking control against second-placed Middlesex at Lord's

Northants v Indians, Northampton, 2nd day

Loye and O'Brien make Indians toil

Aug 6, 2011: If the Indians' batting had a bad day at the office on Friday, hundreds from Northants openers Mal Loye and Niall O'Brien ensured that their bowlers were run ragged on the second day

The report by Sharda Ugra in Northampton
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