Ireland seam bowler Curtis Campher has become only the third player in history to take four wickets in four balls in a Twenty20 International.
Playing against the Netherlands in a Twenty20 World Cup match, Campher’s achievement puts him on a list of three, with Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga the only other two bowlers to have achieved the feat.
The wickets all came in the same over as the Netherlands fell from 2-51 to 6-51 and included English county cricketers Ryan Ten Doeschate and Roelof Van Der Merwe.
The first wicket had to be reviewed by captain Andy Balbirnie for a possible caught behind after initially being signalled wide, with UltraEdge confirming the ball had caught Colin Ackermann’s bat on the way through to wicketkeeper Neil Rock.
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Ryan Ten Doeschate’s poor run of form extended into the tournament as he became the second wicket, trapped lbw first ball.
The hat-trick ball, the wicket of Scott Edwards, also had to be reviewed after given not out by on-field umpire Rod Tucker, the eventual lbw verdict giving Campher the highly coveted three from three.
Van Der Merwe then followed the next ball, dragging the ball on to his stumps to complete four in four for the 22-year-old Johannesburg-born seamer.
He finished with 4-26 as the Netherlands were bowled out for 106, opener Max O’Dowd providing the only resistance of note with 51.