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Niall O'Brien - From Behind the Stumps to Behind the Microphone

Viewers of the recent Ireland v Afghanistan T20 International series may have heard a somewhat familiar voice in the commentary box – none other than former Irish wicketkeeper-batsman, Niall O’Brien.
26 February 2019

Niall O'Brien Announces Retirement

Long-term Irish international, a pivotal member of the oft-described “golden generation” of Irish Men’s cricket, Niall O’Brien has announced today that he is calling time on his international and first-class cricket career after 16 years at the top.
12 October 2018

Kevin O'Brien & Paul Stirling Set for T20 Challenge

Irish internationals Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien look ahead to new challenges on the eve of joining the Kandahar Knights, a franchise team established for the inaugural year of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) T20 competition.
1 October 2018

Niall O'Brien, Craig Young return for Pakistan ODIs

Ireland cricketers Niall O'Brien and Craig Young have recovered from their respective injuries and have been named in the 14-man squad which will face Pakistan in a two-match One-Day International series next month.
28 July 2016

Charlie Shreck, Niall O'Brien and Ed Barnard handed penalties by ECB

The Cricket Discipline Commission of the England and Wales Cricket Board has penalised Charlie Shreck, Niall O’Brien and Ed Barnard for breaching the Discipline Code.
3 June 2016

Cricket World Player of the Week - Craig Ervine

For his emphatic knocks in the first two One-Day Internationals against Ireland, helping Zimbabwe to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Craig Ervine is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
12 October 2015

Niall O'Brien Guides Ireland To Victory

Niall O'Brien struck an unbeaten half-century to steer Ireland to a three-wicket win over Scotland in game three of the Associates One-Day International tri-series in Dubai.
12 January 2015

Wasim Khan & Players React To His Leicestershire Appointment

Wasim Khan will take over as Chief Executive Officer at Leicestershire County Cricket Club in January and here both he and Leicestershire's Niall O'Brien give us their reaction to the news.
28 October 2014

Ireland Close In On 2015 World Cup Spot

Ireland are virtually assured of a place in the 2015 World Cup after comfortably beating the Netherlands in the first of two World Cricket League Championship matches in Amstelveen. William Porterfield and Niall O'Brien were the men who did the damage with the bat, adding 125 for the third-wicket, while the Dutch were then skittled for just 148 in their pursuit of Ireland's 236.
7 July 2013

High-Scoring Sharjah Draw For Ireland And UAE

The ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates in Sharjah ended in a high-scoring draw as four players scored centuries. Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien and Khurram Khan in the first innings and then William Porterfield in the second innings reached three figures in a game in which 1,137 runs were scored and just 19 wickets taken.
15 March 2013

Two Divisions In Test Cricket A Great Idea - O'Brien

Leicestershire and Ireland wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien has echoed calls from his country's administrators and team-mates for more exposure to international cricket. In an interview with www.pakpassion.net, he says he hopes that Ireland will one day play Test cricket and that one way forward could be to set up a two-division Test system.
17 January 2013

Tanzania Is Final Stop For MCC In 2012

A strong fifteen-man MCC touring party departs for Tanzania tomorrow for the Club’s final overseas tour of 2012. Included in the squad are three players with first-class cricket experienc and Ireland and Northamptonshire CCC's Niall O'Brien, Northamptonshire CCC's Matthew Spriegel, and former Pakistan 'A' all-rounder and Karachi captain, Kashif Ibrahim. They will be joined by former Loughborough MCC Universities all-rounder Richard Wilkinson, and ex-MCC Young Cricketer, Alan Duncan, alongside MCC Playing Members from throughout the UK.
10 October 2012

Five County Players Pen New Deals

News of contract extensions for Chris Tremlett and four Worcestershire players, as well as the possibility of Niall O'Brien signing for Leicestershire.
26 September 2012

Ireland Name Squad For ICC WT20 Qualifier

Ireland have named their 14-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier which takes place in the United Arab Emirates in March. The squad shows just three changes from that which famously upset England during the 2011 World Cup as Rory McCann replaces Niall O'Brien, Max Sorensen is also selected and Andre Botha has retired.
15 February 2012

O'Brien And Loye Frustrate India In Tour Game

Dazzling centuries from Niall O'Brien and Mal Loye frustrated India as their tour game against Northamptonshire was drawn with the home side finishing ahead of India's score. After India declared on 352 for nine, O'Brien and Loye added 201 for the first wicket and following some part-time offerings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir, some late hitting saw Northamptonshire close on 355 for seven.
6 August 2011

Ireland Beat Namibia In First One-Dayer

Ireland beat Namibia by 26 runs in the first of two one-day games held in Belfast as Namibia's tour finally got underway following the abandonment of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match. Ireland had half-centuries from John Mooney (86) and Niall O'Brien (57) to thank as they reached 241 before being bowled out before they dismissed Namibia for 215 in reply.
4 July 2011

Poynter Replaces Injured O'Brien In Ireland Squad

Ireland have been forced to make a change to their squad to play Pakistan in two One-Day International later this month, replacing Niall O'Brien with Andrew Poynter. Wicket-keeper O'Brien, recently capped by Northamptonshire, suffered a hairline fracture of his left hand after being hit by Simon Jones of Hampshire during a match-winning innings of 121 in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
23 May 2011

O'Brien And Vaas Handed County Caps

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.
23 May 2011

County Cricket Round-Up - 11th May

Three more LV= County Championship matches began today with Niall O'Brien making a century, Jonathan Bairstow celebrating his England Lions call-up with 83 against Hampshire, and Kevin Pietersen returning after his hernia operation by captaining Surrey against Cambridge MCCU.
11 May 2011

Ireland Boosted By Key Players For Tour Of Zimbabwe

Captain William Porterfield, as well as wicket-keepers Niall O'Brien and Gary Wilson have been made available by their...
13 September 2010