Sunday 24 September 2017

O'Brien lands short-term Sabres deal

Kevin O'Brien is back in county cricket, with Somerset.

The Ireland star, famed for his 50-ball century against England in the World Cup last year, has joined the Sabres for their first five Twenty20 games, starting on Wednesday against Warwickshire.

O'Brien played for Gloucestershire last season but, despite hitting English cricket's quickest hundred of the summer, off just 44 balls, he was not retained.

Cricket Ireland have initially agreed to O'Brien's release for just the five T20 games to be played before Ireland's ODI against Australia on Saturday week.

Paul Stirling and Eoin Morgan both smashed Pro40 centuries for Middlesex against Lancashire yesterday, Morgan reaching his ton off just 49 balls.

Meanwhile, YMCA and North County reached the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup with victories over Terenure and North Down respectively.

Trent Johnston top-scored with 58 and took 3-10 in YMCA's five-wicket win and Tomas Shiel's 54 and 37 not out from Eddie Richardson took North County to a four-wicket win.

Irish Independent

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