Wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and fast bowler Chaminda Vaas have been awarded their county caps by Northamptonshire as a reward for an impressive start to the season.
O'Brien, who joined the Steelbacks in 2007, has hit three centuries in 2011 while Vaas, who was outstanding in the 2010 FP t20 competition, has played his part in ensuring an unbeaten start to the season for Northamptonshire.
"There have been a few players who have been playing some very good cricket this year. Niall in particular has come back into form. This is his 5th season with us and his time has sometimes been interrupted through injury, international commitments et cetera," head coach David Capel said.
"He’s come back and played a strong hand at the start of the season for us. Add that to performances over the past four seasons and he fully deserves his cap. Congratulations to Niall, it’s wonderful to see him perform so well.
"Chaminda played brilliantly for us last year both in the t20 and in the championship. He’s been a quality, world class all-round performer for many, many years. He’s one of only 11 cricketers in Test history to have scored 3,500 runs and take 350 wickets. Add that to his ODI career record of being the 4th highest wicket taker ever in world cricket.
"They are two players there who fully deserve their County Caps."
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