Curtis Campher became the third bowler to grab four wickets in four balls in a Twenty20 international as Ireland hammered the Netherlands by seven wickets in a World Cup Group A game on Monday.
Campher took 4-26 as the Netherlands was bowled out for 106 after captain Pieter Seelaar won the toss and elected to bat first. Ireland then cruised to 107-3 in 15.1 overs with Gareth Delany hitting 44 in 29 deliveries and Paul Stirling making an unbeaten 30 off 39 balls. Campher benefited from the ICC’s decision to introduce the Decision Review System in a T20 World Cup, which allows teams to go for television referrals against two unsuccessful appeals in every game.
The right-arm fast bowler Campher opted for a TV review when Colin Ackermann (11) went for a pull shot. The batsman was adjudged not out by on-field Australian umpire Rod Tucker, but replays suggested he gloved the ball to wicketkeeper Neil Rock. Campher then had Ryan ten Doeschate lbw off the next delivery before Tucker again erred on the hat-trick ball and Scott Edwards was ruled lbw through a TV referral.
Campher equalled Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga’s record of four-in-four when Roelof van der Merwe played the fast bowler back onto his stumps as the Netherlands slipped to 51-6 in 9.5 overs. Opening batsman Max O’Dowd scored a fighting 51, and Seelaar made 21 before seamer Mark Adair (3-9) claimed two wickets in the last over.
Earlier in the second match of first round Group B, Scotland shook the T20 World Cup on the opening day by beating the No 6 ranked Bangladesh by six runs. The margin doesn’t however reflect just how well Scotland played at the Al Amerat ground. The little-known Chris Greaves, playing only his second international match, rescued his side with a quickfire 45 after Scotland slipped to 53 for 6. Then with his quickish legspin, Greaves removed Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim just when Bangladesh had started to make a move towards the 141-run chase and they restricted Bangladesh to 134 for 7 in 20 overs to register a shocking victory.
IRELAND 107 for 3 (Delany 44, Stirling 30*, Klaassen 1-18) beat NETHERLANDS 106 (O’Dowd 51, Campher 4-26, Adair 3-9) by 7 wickets.
SCOTLAND 140 for 9 (Graves 45, Munsey 29, Mahedi 3-19) beat BANGLADESH 134 for 7 (Mushfiqur 38, Mahmudullah 23, Wheal 3-24) by six run

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