Abu Dhabi (AFP)
Irish fast pitcher Curtis Campher took four wickets in four balls to help eliminate the Netherlands for just 106 in a Twenty20 World Cup first round match on Monday.
Campher had a hat trick and then struck again to come back to numbers 4-26 in the Group A opener in Abu Dhabi.
Fast Mark Adair returned an impressive 3-9 – the most economical bowling in Irish history at the T20 World Cup.
The Netherlands never started after opener Ben Cooper was knocked out in the first round following a confusion with partner Max O’Dowd, who scored the best goal with 51.
Campher fired Colin Ackermann (11), Ryan ten Doeschate (0) and Scott Edwards (0) for a hat-trick, then knocked down Roelof van der Merwe (0) in a sensational over.
He becomes only the third bowler in T20 International history to achieve the feat after Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka in 2019.
Johannesburg-born Campher is also just the second player to score a hat-trick in the Men’s T20 World Cup after Australian fast pitcher Brett Lee, who pulled off the feat against Bangladesh in the inaugural edition in 2007. .
Campher, 22, has had a best T20 3-19 in his previous four games since making his August debut against Zimbabwe in Dublin.
He changed ends in the game on Monday and achieved instant success after Ireland considered a delay for Ackermann with ultra edge technology showing a spike as the ball passed the batsman’s gloves.
Technology helped Campher once again on the hat-trick when Edwards was not pulled out for a lbw call by the field official, but reruns suggested the ball might have hit the stump of the leg.
Skipper Pieter Seelaar scored 21 points to allow the Netherlands to cross the 100 point mark.
2014 champions Sri Lanka face Namibia later on Monday in the second Group A match.
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