World T20: Campher takes helmet-trick in Ireland’s win over the Netherlands
Curtis Campher took a remarkable four wickets in four balls to lead Ireland to a seven-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup.
The seamer reduced the Netherlands from 51-2 to 51-6 in the 10th over before they were bowled out for 106 off the final ball of the innings in Abu Dhabi.
Campher is only the third man to claim four wickets in four balls in T20 internationals. He then hit the winning runs as Ireland triumphed with 4.5 overs to spare.
Sri Lanka beat Namibia by seven wickets later on Monday at the same venue to move top of Group A on net run-rate.
Ireland, who play Sri Lanka on Wednesday, are second, with the first two teams in each group qualifying for the Super 12 stage that begins on Saturday.
How Campher’s stunning over unfolded
The Netherlands made a poor start to their innings, with opener Ben Cooper run out for a duck off the third ball after a mix-up with Max O’Dowd.
Bas de Leede was then bowled by Josh Little, playing an ill-advised ramp shot, but the Dutch did recover to reach 50-2 off nine overs before Campher ripped through them in his second over.
Here is how Campher’s historic over unfolded…
- 9.2 overs: Ackermann chases a short ball down the leg side. He is given not out and a wide but Ireland successfully overturn the decision as UltraEdge shows the ball grazed the glove.
- 9.3 overs: Ryan ten Doeschate is lbw to a full delivery.
- 9.4 overs: Scott Edwards is pinned in front of the stumps by another quick, full ball but not given out. Ireland review again and it is overturned, giving Campher his hat-trick.
- 9.5 overs: Roelof van der Merwe flashes at a wider delivery and deflects the ball off the inside edge onto the stumps, sparking delirious celebrations by the Ireland players.
O’Dowd went on to hit 51 off 47 balls, but the Netherlands lost their last three wickets for one run as Mark Adair finished with 3-9.
Opener Paul Stirling made an unbeaten 30 off 39 balls and Gareth Delany hit 44 off 29 to ensure Ireland were well in control of the chase before Campher tapped a single to complete victory. (BBC Sport)