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Niall O’Brien

  • Born On: 8 November 1981
  • Club: North West Warriors
  • Cap Number: 638
  • Debut Match: July 2002 v Denmark
  • Batting Style: Right-hand
  • Bowling Style: N/A Wicket-Keeper
  • Career Best: 176 v UAE in 2005
Niall O’Brien

Niall is Kevin’s older brother and part of the O’Brien clan that has produced a litany of fine sportsmen and women. Like Kevin, he was educated in Marian College and also spent much time learning his trade in grade cricket in Australia where he experienced great success with Mosman and North Sydney’s First Grade sides.

He was first capped for Ireland against Denmark in Stormont in 2002. Niall has represented Ireland on 185 occasions. He has scored 5,381 runs with 7 centuries. As wicketkeeper he has taken 183 catches and 31 stumpings.

Of Niall’s 7 centuries, the highest is 176 against the UAE in Windhoek in 2005 in the semi final of the Intercontinental Cup, a trophy which Ireland went on to win in the final against Kenya also in Windhoek. However, his best innings was arguably the 72 he scored against Pakistan in Sabina Park, Kingston in the 2007 World Cup, an innings that was largely responsible for that first World Cup victory over a test playing nation. That match is seen by many as the catalyst for all of the success of Irish Cricket over the last 10 years.

Niall, as well as representing Railway Union, has represented Kent in the County Championship, as well as Northampton and Leicestershire.


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