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MCC duo smash new T20 record

Former MCC Young Cricketers Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall have smashed the world record for the highest ever domestic Twenty20 partnership.

The pair both made centuries as they enjoyed an opening stand of 192 for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Uxbridge.

Ireland international O’Brien, who famously made a 50-ball century against England in the 2011 ICC World Cup, clubbed his way to three figures in just 44 deliveries.

He made 119 from 52 balls before being caught by Jamie Dalrymple off Toby Roland-Jones - an innings which included 11 sixes and seven fours.

Marshall was sedate in comparison, taking 53 balls to reach his century and falling to his next delivery to finish with 102, which included 11 fours and four sixes.

Their partnership helped Gloucestershire on their way to a total of 254, breaking the highest score for a team in domestic T20 cricket.

It also fell just four runs short of the highest ever T20 total - compiled by Sri Lanka against Kenya in the 2007 ICC T20 World Championship.

YC imports

Both O’Brien and Marshall spent critical periods of their cricketing development at Lord’s, as part of the MCC Young Cricketers (YC) programme.

Marshall, 32, spent time on the YC staff in 1998 after coming to England from his native New Zealand.

After leaving Lord’s he went on to play 13 Test matches and 66 One Day Internationals for New Zealand, making two Test and one ODI century.

He first represented Gloucestershire in 2006 and has become a regular with the county after deciding against playing any further cricket for New Zealand a year later.

In 2010 he announced his ambition to use his Irish passport to resume playing international cricket alongside O’Brien for Ireland.

Though his qualification was confirmed in April 2011, complications over payments due to Gloucestershire from Ireland Cricket have so far prevented him making his debut.

Making a name

O’Brien meanwhile has been a regular for Ireland at all levels since his ODI debut against England in 2006.

The hard-hitting all-rounder had earlier spent two seasons at Lord’s in 2004 and 2005 which greatly aided his successful transition into the international game.

He was a consistent performer for Ireland in their ascent to the status as the best non-Test playing side in the world before spectacularly thrusting his name into the limelight against England.

O’Brien's famous innings in Bangalore in March also helped earn him a contract with Gloucestershire for the 2011 summer.

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