O’Brien

LEICESTERSHIRE BUOYED BY IRISH INFLUENCE

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IRISH INTERNATIONAL, Niall O’Brien starred as Leicestershire secured a surprise win in their Royal London One Day Cup match against Hampshire.
The rain affected match saw the Foxes successfully chase down a revised victory target of 186 runs inside 25 overs against their hosts.
In an enthralling climax to the game, Niall O’Brien secured a majestic 105* to haul his side over the line by six wickets.
The visiting faithful had cause for concern when Hampshire and England opener Michael Carberry teed-off in the first innings. Renowned for his hard-hitting style, the eye-catching left hander raced to 61 runs from just 50 balls.
A flurry of wickets for Redfern and Naik halted Hampshire’s charge, but a cool-headed contribution of 63 from Sean Terry ensured that the majority of the Ageas Bowl crowd were contented by their side’s 275-9.
Rain then made its presence felt and Duckworth Lewis was brought into action to generate a run target.
Given the way Leicestershire started their reply, the visitors must have been unhappy that the downpour cleared through, as they lost Angus Robson, brother of England’s Sam, for just 15 runs.
However, a promising 95 run second wicket partnership propelled Leicestershire towards the 186 required for victory.
Greg Smith’s explosive 34 was outclassed by the mainstay of the innings’ performance, O’Brien ultimately registering an unbeaten century from just 72 balls.
James Tomlinson began to claw the game back for Hampshire with a couple of timely wickets to stall Leicestershire’s momentum.
However, some late lusty O’Brien blows altered the picture again to ensure that the visitors achieved an invaluable win with four balls to spare.