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"We're 79 - 2 Up" - Dara O'Briain's Very Irish Commentary On Cricket Match

"We're 79 - 2 Up" - Dara O'Briain's Very Irish Commentary On Cricket Match

We all know Dara O'Briain is a massive sports fan. From moaning about his beloved Arsenal to baffling his UK fan base with Twitter updates on GAA matches, his sporting bona fides are well established.

That's why we think there might be an element of playing up the "Big Irish Eejit" in his latest foray into the sporting world. Speaking up the popular misconception of an Irish misunderstanding of cricket, he's taken to the commentary box to give a unique and brilliant interpretation of the Ireland Vs England One Day International from 2013.

It's all to promote the upcoming Royal London ODI Series where Ireland will face England in consecutive games in Bristol and Lord's on the 5th and 7th May respectively. It's the first time they've met since that game in 2013, and will be the first time Ireland play a full One Day International on English soil.

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Dara may appear to not know a lot about cricket, but he did know the prime reason Irish fans will be attending the two matches next month. Memories of the 2011 World Cup game when Kevin O'Brien Ireland beat the team that not only invented the game, but are the only sports team still living in a world where Ireland is still part of the UK and will simply claim whatever Irish player they deem good enough for them.

We lay low for 200 years in this game and suddenly appeared and WHELPED ya. That's what people are going to attend to see. There we go. Lovely. Ireland winning.

As a reminder, this was the game in the 2011 World Cup, when Kevin O'Brien scored  113 off 63 balls to score the fastest 100 in World Cup history and when Ireland caused probably the biggest shock in cricket history.

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This isn't the first time O'Briain's escapades on the cricket field has made headlines this year. Earlier this month, he brilliantly accidentally clocked a photographer with a sliotar when bringing hurling to the hallowed ground of Lord's.

Hopefully more of the same will follow next month, especially in the second game, when Ireland will play England in the Lord's, "the home of cricket", for the first time.

You can get tickets for both games here.

Michael McCarthy

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