O’Brien pens lucrative deal

IRELAND’S hero from the cricket world cup has been rewarded with a full-time contract by Gloucestershire.

Kevin O’Brien, who made a century in the famous win over England has joined the county side to strengthen up their batting.

“We are delighted to have signed Kevin O’Brien to our squad with particular reference to his one-day skills,” coach John Bracewell said.

“Given his heroics in the World Cup the Gladiators have a genuine lion slayer in their midst.”

O’Brien was awarded a full-time contract by Cricket Ireland in 2010 and has played 58 one-day internationals with a batting average of 34.86 and a highest score of 142, while also taking 47 wickets.

He has played in 18 first class games with an average of 32.3 and a top score of 171 not out.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for Gloucestershire, and work under one of the most successful coaches in domestic one-day history,” O’Brien said.

“I am looking forward to hopefully helping the team to achieve its goals in all forms of the game, but especially Twenty20 and one-day cricket.”


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