ICC World T20 2021: Curtis Campher's double hat-trick helps Ireland thrash Netherlands by 7 wickets
Ireland is off to a great start in ICC World T20 2021, as it has defeated the Netherlands by seven runs in Qualifier 3 of Group A. It was Curtis Campher whose double hat-trick drew the attention.
On Monday, Ireland produced a superb all-round performance to tame Neetheland by seven wickets in Qualifier 3 of Group A in the 2021 ICC World T20 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It was Irish pacer Curtis Campher who claimed a double hat-trick to sink the Dutch ship.
The Netherlands won the toss, and the skipper Pieter Seelaar opted to bat, as it was off to a shaky start, losing Ben Cooper (0) and Bas de Leede (7) within the fifth over of the Powerplay, with 22 runs on the board. It was followed by a 29-run stand between fellow opener Max ODowd (51) and Colin Ackerman (11) before four back-to-back wickets fell in the ten over off Campher, as the Netherlands was down to 51/6 all of a sudden.
With Colin Ackermann (10), Ryan ten Doeschate (0), Scott Edwards (0) and Pieter Seelaar (0) departing, a 37-run stand between ODowd and Seelaar (21), as the former scored his seventh T20I half-century. At 88, ODowd fell to Mark Adair, followed by Seelaar, Logan van Beek (11) and Brandon Glover (0) in the final over, as the Netherlands was shot out at a paltry total of 106.
For Ireland, six bowlers were put into the attack. While Campher claimed four-for, Adair nailed it with his economy.
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In reply, Ireland was off to a shaky start as well, losing Kevin O Brien (9) and skipper Andrew Balbirnie (8) by the fifth over of the PP, with 36 runs on the board. However, it was succeeded by a 59-run stand between fellow opener Paul Stirling (30*) and Gareth Delany (44) before the latter was knocked over by Seelaar in the 13th over.
Nonetheless, it did not make a difference, as Campher hit the winning run, while Ireland won by seven wickets, within the 16th over. The Dutch utilised five bowlers, with Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover and Seelaar claiming a wicket each, while Logan van Beek was the most economical of all.
Brief scores: Netherlands 106 (ODowd- 51; Campher- 4/26, Adair- 3/9) lost to Ireland 107/3 in 15.1 overs (Delany- 44; Seelaar- 1/14) by seven wickets.