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Ireland's Curtis Campher takes four wickets in FOUR BALLS before hitting the winning runs to inspire a crushing seven-wicket victory after Holland were rolled for just 106 at T20 World Cup

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-10-18

Curtis Campher became only the third bowler to claim four wickets in as many balls in a Twenty20 international - and then hit the winning runs as Ireland defeated the Netherlands at the Twenty20 World Cup.

Campher, who hit a half century on his one-day international debut against England two years ago, turned the game with the dismissals of established county players Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate and Roelof van der Merwe plus Scott Edwards as the Dutch plunged to 51 for six in the 10th over.

The 22-year-old seamer's performance in Abu Dhabi matched the feats of decorated performers Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga, who both managed four in four in 2019 - although the former’s haul was claimed across two separate overs.

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Curtis Campher took four wickets in as many balls as Ireland rolled Holland for 106
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Campher became only the third player to take four wickets in four balls in T20 history

Ireland then cantered to their 107-run target, with seven wickets and 29 deliveries in hand, boosting their run rate in the process.

With two teams going through from each group in the first round of the tournament, Andrew Balbirnie’s team could not be better placed ahead of fixtures against Sri Lanka and Namibia.

Campher, South African-raised but qualified for Ireland via his grandmother, took the man-of-the-match award after finishing with four 26 while Mark Adair returned miserly figures of 4-0-9-3 and Gareth Delany slammed 44 off 29 balls in an impressive opening display.

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Ireland's all-rounder then went on to hit the winning run as his side thrashed Holland

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