The Ford Trophy, 2013-14

Ryder century clinches high-scoring contest

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March 2, 2014

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Jesse Ryder began the year with a rapid century, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown, January 1, 2014
File photo: Jesse Ryder smashed yet another century to set up Otago's win © AFP
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Jesse Ryder lit up the opening day of the Ford Trophy with a power-packed unbeaten century that helped Otago cruise to a five-wicket win against Canterbury in Timaru. It was Ryder's sixth century of the season - and second in four matches after being left out of the Auckland Test against India.

Chasing 304, Otago lost Neil Broom in the first over before a 111-run stand between Hamish Rutherford (67 off 58) and Michael Bracewell (43 off 46) revived the team. However, both batsmen were dismissed within the space of three deliveries. Ryan ten Doeschate and James Neesham added vital runs with Ryder to lift the team, but when Rob Nicol dismissed Neesham - the fifth wicket - Otago needed a further 113 runs in 17.5 overs. Ryder completed his half-century soon after, taking 42 balls to reach the landmark but it was his partnership with Nathan McCullum that put the chase back on track.

The two batsmen brought up the fifty of the partnership in 52 balls before Ryder increased the pace in the 43rd over, taking 15 runs and brining the equation down to 43 from 42. They needed only 25 of those deliveries as Ryder finished the match with a six. McCullum was unbeaten on 50.

Canterbury's maintained a brisk rate throughout their innings with the half-centuries from Dean Brownlie and Peter Fulton being the major contributions. The 70-run partnership between the two was one of the three half-century stands, but the quick fall of wickets towards the end of the innings slowed the innings down a bit. Neesham was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets.

In Palmeston North, Central Districts' bowlers ran through the Wellington batting line-up before Jamie How smashed a 64-ball 84 to set up a crushing eight-wicket win.

Put in to bat, Wellington progressed to 81 for 2 in the 16th over with Grant Elliot leading the effort with a half-century. But Elliot's dismissal on 51 - he was trapped lbw by Tarun Nethula - sparked a collapse that saw Wellington lose their last eight wickets for 76 runs to be bowled out in the 35th over. Nethula led the bowling with 3 for 35, while Seth Rance and Marty Kain shared two wickets each.

In response, Central Districts charged their way towards the target, reaching 50 in the eighth over and then 100 in the 15th. How hit seven boundaries and five sixes, and added 121 runs for the opening wicket to close the doors on Wellington. He missed out on a century, but his opening partner, Ben Smith, was unbeaten on 47 when Central Districts overhauled the target in the 24th over.

A four-wicket haul by Mitchell McClenaghan and an unbeaten 87 by Anaru Kitchen were the leading performances in Auckland's seven-wicket win against Nothern Districts at the Eden Park.

Opting to bat, Norther Districts' top order, led by BJ Watling's 72, made useful contributions to lift the team to 167 for 4 and would have aimed for a surge in the last 14 overs. McClenaghan though had Watling caught behind at the crucial juncture, derailing the Northern Districts innings in the process. The lower order capitulated quickly as Northern Districts lost their last six wickets for 28 runs.

Auckland's chase suffered early blows as Trent Boult nipped out Martin Guptill on the first ball, and Craig Cachopa was retired hurt in the second over. Kitchen, however, led the team's recovery with a 40-run stand with Colin Munro followed by a 68-run stand with Gareth Hopkins. But it was his unbeaten stand of 87 with Colin de Grandhomme that sealed the win in the 39th over.

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Posted by regofpicton on (March 7, 2014, 21:05 GMT)

Third time lucky perhaps? There is a telling contrast between how Australia and New Zealand treat its wayward players. On the Ashes tour last northern summer, David Warner actually attacked an opponent. The response from Cricket Australia was to get him MORE involved in the game, and after a quite successful Ashes campaign back in Oz he has just been recognized as Man of the Series in South Africa.

But when Jesse Ryder goes out and has a quite drink with friends, he gets TREATED LIKE A LEPER by NZCricket.

We have just had successful home series against two relatively weak visiting sides (Indian overall ranking notwithstanding) and now some of us are already congratulating ourselves on our forthcoming win in the Words T20. Just remember - this is to be held in BD, where we were thrashed by the home team, and that home team has just come LAST in the Asia Cup.

However much you dislike them, the Aussies do everything they can to win. When are we going to start doing the same?

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