Plunket Shield 2012-13 October 31, 2012

Ryder century takes Wellington to comfortable win

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Wellington 340 (Ryder 117, Papps 52, Wheeler 3-68) and 343 for 5 (Ryder 174, Woodcock 69*) beat Central Districts 383 (Cachopa 105, Sinclair 143, McKay 3-63) and 298 for 7 decl. (Bracewell 85, Noema-Barnett 60) by five wickets

A quickfire 174 by Jesse Ryder propelled Wellington to a five-wicket victory, chasing a challenging 343 against Central Districts in Napier. The match was even for most part of the four days. Wellington conceded a 43-run first-innings deficit, and the match hung in the balance after Central Districts' declaration at 298 for 7. But Ryder, who had scored a first-innings century as well, sealed the chase for Wellington.

Chasing 343, Central Districts had taken four wickets for 112 runs. But the following 167-run stand between Ryder and Luke Woodcock, who scored a half-century, shifted the game towards Wellington. After Ryder was dismissed, the 63 needed were knocked off by Woodcock and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi with 13 overs remaining in the day.

Central Districts, after being put in to bat, looked to post a commanding total when No.3 Carl Cachopa and Mathew Sinclair both scored centuries, sharing a 224-run partnership for the third wicket. But the middle and lower order couldn't build from there as seamer Andy McKay took three wickets to peg them back.

It took a 113-ball 117 by Ryder to help Wellington get close to Central Districts' 383, as apart from openers Michael Papps and Stephen Murdoch, no one went on to post a productive score.

Central Districts, however, kept losing wickets regularly in their second innings. At 223 for 6, they ended their third day with a lead of 266. The No.8 Doug Bracewell top-scored for them with 85, and dominated the seventh-wicket stand of 120 before his team declared.

Ryder's ton again rescued Wellington again, and gave them the victory.

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  • Jon on November 3, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @Plow ...have to agree thats a decent top 6. Although I'd try Franklin at opener (like Aussie did with Watson) and make McCullum bat at 5 or 6 and keep wickets. That would mean NZL could play 2 spinners and 4 seamers backed up by part-timers Ryder and Williamson.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @Plow it's not whether the Black Caps want him or not, it's whether he makes himself available for them, which has been indicated not until next year probably, hopefully for when England tour

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    "Doesn't bat with the nerves that the rest of the NZ squad seem to take out to the middle with them"

    "he is the best player at longer form cricket. head still, he plays the ball late and seems to have all the time in the world."


    Batsmen like Guptill look like they're trying to graft at the beginning of every innings - irrespective of the quality of the pitch or the bowling. It's such a conscious predetermined decision that it looks forced and they play the ball too early. They end up spooning catches to the infield or getting out in other seemingly unlucky fashions.

    When they do get themselves into good positions, the gear change is forced because their game plan goes from "block everything and hope for edges to 3rd man" to "try to hit boundaries". Inevitably, they get themselves out (often by going too hard at a half volley or long hop).

    Ryder's game plan looks so simple in comparison; he looks relaxed and able to play the ball late without forcing anything

  • Peter on October 31, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    So thats 4 tons in 4 innings?

    The only guy imo that actually feels like he belongs out in the middle during a test innings. Doesn't bat with the nerves that the rest of the NZ squad seem to take out ot the middle with them. Jesse is now totally comfortable with himself. He should be playing test cricket by the end of this year or I refuse to follow NZ cricket as long the current people are in charge. He is our best bat followed closely by James Franklin. Check this out for a top 6.

    McCullum,Guptill,Ryder,Taylor,Williamson,Franklin. There is a lot of runs in there with useful left and right combos. The best batting line up NZ have had in a decade. Just let it happen for goodness sake so we can enjoy test cricket once again.

  • P on October 31, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    what a great effort from Ryder, hope selectors take serious note of this super effort by him and select him for the next series along with one or two others who are performing so far.

  • Garry on October 31, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Antipodean1 he hasn't made himself available for the blackcaps, its his call.

  • Vinay on October 31, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Chasing 343 in 67 overs to win on the last day wow! well done Jessie!

  • Ross on October 31, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Surely the Blackcaps selectors will call the 'Big Easy' Jessie Ryder up now?! he has scored more runs in one game than the whole team in one season. Madness - waste of a great talent.

  • Peter on October 31, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Jesse scored hundreds in both warm up matches before the start of the season, then makes two big hundreds in the first proper match. stop it. he is the best player at longer form cricket. head still, he plays the ball late and seems to have all the time in the world. He currently has a test average of 40, but I think he will finish his career averaging 45 which for a batter who plays in nz conditions will leave him ranked as one of nzs best ever. sensational talent, should forgoe short forms of cricket (even though he's pretty good at them too). only nz batsman with test cricket technique and temperament.

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