Friday 15 December 2017

O'Brien joins Leicestershire


Leicestershire have swelled their ranks for the NatWest T20 Blast with the signing of Ireland's big-hitting all-rounder Kevin O'Brien.

O'Brien played all six matches in the recent World Cup campaign, but is still best known for his exploits in the 2011 tournament, when he thumped what remains the fastest century in the history of the competition to propel Ireland to a famous win over England. The 31-year-old will link up with brother Niall at Grace Road.

World number one Mark Selby (below) booked his place in the second round of the China Open after beating Mark Joyce 5-3 despite suffering from neck pain.

The 31-year-old world champion's form was hampered by a neck problem three years ago but he persevered to advance - having raced into a three-frame lead over Joyce.

Wallsall's Joyce fought back to win three of the next four before Selby sealed his spot in the second round courtesy of a 90 break in the eighth frame.

Joe Perry was eliminated 5-3 by David Gilbert whilst Michael White beat Ken Doherty after a 74 break in a deciding frame.



Kell Brook has called Amir Khan's bluff regarding a potential grudge fight between the pair - telling his British rival: "It's not about money for me."

The calls for Khan to finally settle his long-running feud with Brook have grown stronger in the last few days, but the Bolton fighter insists he has more pressing issues.

While Khan is keen to meet the IBF welterweight champion "one day", he added he would be keen on a winner-takes-all fight.

Brook, though, is unfazed.

"It's not about money for me. It's about everywhere I go, (people asking) 'when are you going to fight him?" he said.

"It's public demand now. I think that he's getting forced in to this fight if he gets in."

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