Ireland’s Curtis Campher gets rare double hat-trick in T20 World Cup opener


Ireland has enjoyed a miraculous start to the Twenty20 World Cup, with all-rounder Curtis Campher taking four wickets in four balls in their opening match of the tournament.

The Netherlands started the 10th over of the group A match against Ireland on 2-50, but ended it 6-52 after Campher removed Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards and Roelof van der Merwe.

In his fifth T20, Campher became just the third man to complete the feat in a Twenty20 International — after Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, both in 2019.

The first wicket was a close-run thing, with Ackermann brushing a ball down the leg side and initially given not out, only for Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie to review and the third umpire to show a spike on snicko.

One ball later he had ten Doeschate trapped in front LBW, and then dismissed Edwards in the same fashion, although that too required a review. The ball tracking showed the ball hitting enough of leg stump to overturn the on-field decision.

Already in the history books as the 19th man with a T20 hat-trick, the 22-year-old then emphatically completed the rare double hat-trick by bowling Van der Merwe, with a little help from the Dutchman’s inside edge.

It was the second time Ackermann and Van der Merwe have been on the wrong side of a T20 hat-trick, as they were both part of a treble from Khawar Ali of Oman back in 2019.

Netherlands also lost three straight wickets at the end of their innings of 102, Pieter Seelaar Logan van Beek and Brandon Glover falling consecutively, but Van Beek was run-out, meaning it was merely an unofficial team hat-trick.


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