Thursday 23 November 2017

Cricket: O'Brien heads for sunnier climes

Kevin O'Brien signs off from Railway Union after today's RSA Leinster League Division 1 game against Phoenix. The Ireland vice-captain flies out next weekend to play for Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League.

Railway will miss him but O'Brien leaves them comfortably placed in mid-table – he returns in five weeks for his club's penultimate game of the season.

For O'Brien, who played for Surrey last night in their Twenty20 game against Hampshire, after signing a short-term contract at The Oval, the Caribbean trip is "massive" for his career.

"It is going to be an excellent tournament with global exposure and I'll be looking to impress and improve as a player, and keep putting my reputation as a Twenty20 player out there on the world stage," he said.

Today's game at Park Avenue is a bigger one for Phoenix because the two teams above them clash at Sydney Parade and if Leinster beat Pembroke and Railway win, then Phoenix could find themselves more than 30 points adrift at the bottom.

Leaders YMCA are at North County, who are 30 points behind in third place, while second-placed Merrion face The Hills.

In Division 2, Clontarf will confirm promotion back to the top flight with four matches to spare if they beat Rush at Kenure Park.

Irish Independent

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