Cricket: O'Brien's bats come out of woodwork
The mystery of Niall O'Brien's missing bats was solved yesterday when the errant timbers were found among a lorryload of Indian equipment that had been transported to Delhi.
The bats went AWOL after Sunday night's match against India in Bangalore and the local press went as far as to suggest Ireland had concocted the entire story to cover for damaging a dressing-room door at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.
Team manager Roy Torrens insisted throughout that missing items were merely the inevitable victims of trying to move tons of different equipment around the Indian subcontinent in a limited time-span.
The find will come as a relief to O'Brien as one of the bats had been a particular favourite since last summer and another was an hours-old present from Indian batsman Suresh Raina.
Supplier Gray Nicolls have shipped four new bats for the Ireland wicketkeeper to use in today's match against the West Indies, and O'Brien will be reunited with the originals when the team moves on to Calcutta at the weekend.