Niall OBrien Profile


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Full name Niall OBrien

Born November 8, 1981, Dublin

Current age 29 years 74 days

Major teams Ireland, Ireland Under-19s, Kent, Northamptonshire

Nickname Paddy

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Height 5 ft 7 in

Education Marian College Dublin

Relation Brother – KJ O’Brien

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A confident character and batsman, his combative nature earned him a one-match ban after an outburst at officials during an Intercontinental Cup game with Scotland. He also managed to incense Brian Lara when Ireland defeated the West Indies in 2004, in which he made 58. He was understudy to Geraint Jones at Kent for the 2006 season but Jones losing his England place had a knock-on effect and saw Niall released by the county. A revelation for Ireland in the 2007 World Cup, though, with two fifties and impressing with a remarkable composure for someone so inexperienced at international level. His calm, steady 72 helped Ireland pull of the biggest shock in World Cup history when they beat Pakistan, and a 63 against England underlined his ability, not to mention pluck. He joined the growing number of Ireland players in England for the 2007 season, signing for Northamptonshire.

He enjoyed considerable success at the county, being named as their Player of the Year at the end of the 2008 season and securing a three-year contract. After Nicky Boje relinquished the captaincy and Andrew Hall took up the position, O’Brien was named as his deputy. He was stripped of the position and banned from the team, however, for a breach of team disciplinary rules in June 2010. Although he was subsequently cleared at a disciplinary hearing and restored to the squad he no longer held the position of vice-captain and a fractured finger kept him out of action for most of the season.

Niall OBrien Career

ODI:
2006-2010

T20:
2008-2010

Niall OBrien ODI Matches

Debut:
Ireland Vs Scotland at Cambusdoon New Ground, Ayrshire – Aug 05, 2006
Last played:
Ireland Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) – Sep 30, 2010

Niall OBrien T20 Matches

Debut:
Ireland Vs Scotland – Aug 02, 2008
Last played:
Ireland Vs England at Providence Stadium, Guyana – May 04, 2010.

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