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County men in form in BPL

Leicestershire duo Josh Cobb and Niall O'Brien have been contributing well to their respective sides in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The duo shone in opposition on Sunday (January 20) as Cobb's Dhaka Gladiators beat O'Brien's Rangpur Riders by 35 runs in a high-scoring affair.

Cobb went in at number six for Dhaka and blasted 34 not out from just 17 balls to propel the team beyond 200 for the second consecutive game.

The knock from Cobb included two fours and a brace of sixes and built on opener Mohammad Ashraful's 73 off 47 deliveries. The team closed on 202-5 and the reply was in tatters on 31-3 in the sixth.

However number three O'Brien scored 40 not out from 35 deliveries and shared a stand of 118 with Nasir Hossain, who smashed a 49-ball 80 that included six maximums.

It was not enough to get Riders beyond the Gladiators' daunting target but ensured the team could take plenty of positives from the game.

* O'Brien made 21 off 17 balls, including two fours and a six, as Rangpur Riders beat Chittagong Kings by six wickets in their second match of the BPL on Tuesday (January 22).

The Kings posted 132-5 but scoring was not easy and Riders got home by six wickets with only three balls to spare. Hossain was again their hero with an unbeaten 45 off 33 balls.

Cobb scored 16 not out off 13 balls as Dhaka Gladiators scored 156-8 against Duronto Rajshahi in their third match. That was enough for a third win on the trot, this time by a 13-run margin, as Duronto Rajashahi made 143-3.

* O'Brien continued his good run of form in Riders' third outing on Wednesday (January 23). The batsman posted a score of 27 from 19 deliveries before being run out in the last over as Riders made 174-4 against a Barisal Burners containing former Leicestershire batsman Brad Hodge.

That proved just enough as Barisal Burners made 167-8 in reply. Hodge was second top-scorer in the innings with 58 before being dismissed by Niall's brother Kevin.

* Dhaka lost the clash of the 100 per centers against Sylhet Royals on Friday (January 25). Cobb scored 14 off 8 balls, including two sixes, as the Gladiators posted 152-8.

The Royals passed the score for the loss of three wickets with eight balls to spare. Mushfiqur Rahim made 75* from just 50 balls as Dhaka lost their first game in four outings.

Khulna Royal Bengals made 150-7 against O'Brien's Rangpur Riders. Hossain led the reply with another blistering knock of 70 not out from 49 balls but Riders lost by nine runs. The team has now won two and lost two games.


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