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  • Richard wins top broadcasting honour

    Friday 21 November 2014

    Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that Richard Rae won the Christopher Martin-Jenkins County Broadcaster of the Year award at the ECB Business of Cricket Conference and Awards event last night.

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Niall O'Brien

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:

application/pdf Niall O'Brien 2013 (97.11 kB)


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