Ireland’s Curtis Camper makes T20 World Cup history with four wickets in four balls against Netherlands | Cricket News

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Ireland’s Curtis Camper makes T20 World Cup history with four wickets in four balls against Netherlands |  Cricket News

Ireland bowler Curtis Camper tore through the Netherlands batting with four wickets in four balls, becoming the first bowler to achieve the feat in a T20 World Cup match; Watch the tournament live on Sky between now and November 14.

Last Updated: 18/10/21 1:43pm

Ireland’s Curtis Camper took four wickets in four balls in their T20 World Cup match against the Netherlands (Getty Images)

Ireland’s Curtis Camper became the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls in a T20 World Cup match with a devastating spell in their clash against the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi.

The 22-year-old seamer reduced the Dutch from 51-2 to 51-6, having Colin Ackermann caught down the leg side before Ryan ten Doeschate and then Scott Edwards departed to lbw decisions.

The on-field umpire originally gave Edwards not out, but Ireland successfully overturned it on review – and Roelof van der Merwe then dragged his first delivery onto the stumps to give Camper his fourth wicket in as many balls.

Only two other players have achieved that feat in T20 internationals – Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who did it against Ireland in 2019 and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka, who followed suit against New Zealand later that year.

The only previous hat-trick in the T20 World Cup was recorded by Australia’s Brett Lee, who took three Bangladesh wickets in consecutive balls at the first edition of the tournament in 2007.

Campher, who finished with figures of 4-26 to help restrict the Netherlands to 106 all out in their 20 overs, praised captain Andrew Balbirnie for his encouragement as Ireland strove for a breakthrough.

“To be honest I wasn’t feeling great out there with the ball but the skipper told me to crack the game open,” Campher admitted.

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“He’s a great skip. He gives you free rein when you’re bowling to do what you want.

“The pitch is a little bit slow – in the UAE it’s always going to be like that so it’s nice that it came off today.”

Who is Curtis Camper?

  • The 22-year-old grew up in Johannesburg and represented South Africa at Under-19 level before a chance conversation with Ireland’s Niall O’Brien revealed that his grandmother, who came from Derry, qualified him to don the green shirt.
  • Having moved to Ireland at the beginning of 2020, Campher was selected for his A team (the Wolves) to play Namibia in a 50-over match and scored 54 on debut – although he failed to take a wicket.
  • He registered another half-century on his full ODI debut against England at Southampton in July 2020, top-scoring with 59 not out from 118 balls and going on to claim the wicket of Tom Banton.
  • Camper bettered his batting performance with 68 from 87 balls in the second ODI and finished the three-match series, which England won 2-1, with five wickets at an average of 28.80.
  • Ireland handed Campher his T20I debut in August and, until Monday’s heroics in Abu Dhabi, his best bowling figures were 3-19 during the warm-up series against the UAE ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Watch the T20 World Cup live on Sky between now and November 14.

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