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Ireland all-rounder Curtis Campher takes four wickets in four balls in T20 World Cup win over Netherlands


Curtis Campher took Ireland’s first T20 World Cup hat-trick (Picture: Getty)

All-rounder Curtis Campher took four wickets in four balls to help Ireland beat the Netherlands in their T20 World Cup opener in Abu Dhabi.

The 22-year-old dismissed Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards and Roelof van der Merwe to reduce the Netherlands from 51-2 to 51-6 in his second over.

Campher had Ackermann caught behind after a DRS review, before trapping Essex hero Ten Doeschate LBW.

His LBW appeal for the hat-trick ball was initially turned down, but the decision was reversed after another DRS review. Somerset’s Van der Merwe then chopped on as Campher took 4-26 from his four overs.

The South African-born star’s heroics helped bowl out the Netherlands for just 106, with Ireland taking a team hat-trick in the final over to finish the innings.

Ireland lost two early wickets in their reply but Gareth Delaney scored 44 from 29 balls and opener Paul Stirling made an unbeaten 29 to take the team to victory with seven wickets and five overs to spare. Fittingly, it was Campher who hit the winning run.

‘It’s just been good to be out there again because I’ve struggled with injuries lately,’ said Campher.

The 22-year-old starred in Ireland’s emphatic victory (Picture: Getty)

‘I wasn’t feeling great out there with the ball but [captain] Andrew Balbirnie just told me to crack the game open and thankfully I did.’

Campher is only the third man to claim four wickets in four balls in Twenty20 internationals, following Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan.

He is the first Ireland player to take a hat-trick in T20 internationals and only the second bowler to do so at the Men’s T20 World Cup, following former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee.

Ireland are battling the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia for a place in the main draw of the T20 World Cup. Two teams from the group will advance to the Super 12s, which begin on Saturday.

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