Kevin O'Brien thumped five sixes in a rapid 49 on his debut for Edmonton Royals in the Canadian T20 league but it wasn't enough to prevent them being beaten by West Indies B.

O'Brien also hit three fours in his 17-ball innings, hitting the ball hard and far, especially over cover and long off in an impressive display of power hitting.

Canada is the latest country on the Dubliner's T20 cricketing cv, having already starred in new Zealand, England, Bangladesh and West Indies T20 tournaments.

He's also scheduled to play in the Nepalese T20 event later this year as he racks up the air miles on his cricketing odyssey.

"It's great to be playing in Canada with a really good bunch of lads," O'Brien told CricketEurope. 

"We have some very talented players with a lot of experience, with the likes of Luke Ronchi, Irfan, Sohail Tanveer and Shadid Afridi, so hopefully I can learn some things from them, see inghow they go about T20.

"It is also a great experience to chat to the other overseas players, hoping I can tap into the likes of Steve Smith, Tim Southee, Bravo and Pollard.

"The competition has started well, with some high scoring games already. Hopefully that continues into the second week.

"It was good to spend time in the middle, itís always a bit pressure situation, especially when you are one of the overseas players. You feel you have to contribute and perform how people expect you to.

"But I like that challenge. It was nice to hit a few out of the middle today, but unfortunately we couldnít get the win."