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Squad Number - 81
Player Sponsor - Mr Claude Smith
Born - Dublin, Ireland, November 8, 1981
Joined - Leicestershire 2012
Role - Left Handed Batsman, Wicket-Keeper
Teams Represented – Ireland, Kent, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire
Honours - Ireland international
Highlight of Career - Playing in five World Cups (two 50-over, three t20) for Ireland. Winning two man of the match awards in internationals against Pakistan and Bangladesh
Relaxations - Used to sing in a band!
Vastly experienced Ireland international Niall O’Brien was a consistent performer for Leicestershire in his first full season. The wicket-keeper/batsman scored almost 1,200 runs in all competitions.
O’Brien was Leicestershire’s second leading run scorer in the Championship with 695 at 30.21, and he also made a century on his List A debut for the Club against Gloucestershire. He went on to post 380 runs in that competition at 30.80, and also gathered 123 runs in t20 cricket.
He was also a very safe pair of his hands behind the stumps, taking plenty of catches off the seamers while also demonstrating quick hands when standing up to the stumps. O’Brien also possesses great speed of thought, as demonstrated with the stumping of Australia international George Bailey when standing back to Ollie Freckingham in the first game of the season at Hampshire.
By the end of the 2013 season, O’Brien had scored 6,138 first-class runs at an average of 35.47 with a career-best score of 182. The keeper had also claimed 359 first-class dismissals and scored 3,739 List A runs at 28.79. A total of 1,469 of those runs have come for Ireland in ODIs.
O'Brien had racked up 1,749 runs in 108 t20 games, with 21 of those matches coming in t20 internationals. O’Brien has played in five World Cups in both forms of the one-day game and is currently trying to help them qualify for another – the t20 tournament in Bangladesh next year.
Niall O'Brien's career record at Leicestershire:
Niall O'Brien 2013 (97.11 kB)