Curtis Campher claimed four wickets in four balls as Ireland kicked off their Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a dominant seven-wicket win over Netherlands.
Campher became only the third player in history to achieve the feat in a T20 international, following in the footsteps of Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga.
The wickets all fell in a single over as Holland tumbled from 51 for two to 51 for six, including the dismissals of former Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate and Somerset’s Roelof van der Merwe.
The first of Campher’s wickets 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.
Ten Doeschate was then trapped lbw and the hat-trick ball also had to be overturned on review after umpire Rod Tucker originally turned down an lbw appeal against Scott Edwards.
Van der Merwe then followed, dragging the ball onto his stumps to complete four in four for the 22-year-old Johannesburg-born seamer.
He finished with four for 26 as Holland were bowled out for 106, opener Max O’Dowd providing the only resistance of note with 51.
Chasing down the meagre target, Gareth Delany top-scored with 44 from 29 balls in an innings which was seen through from start to finish by Paul Stirling, who finished with an unbeaten 30.
Ireland suffered a brief wobble when Kevin O’Brien and Balbirnie were dismissed cheaply but Campher saw them over the line with 29 balls to spare.
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