Mar 192014

Led by fine knocks from Hamish Rutherford and Jesse Ryder, Otago revitalised their domestic one-day cricket campaign with a convincing win over struggling Auckland.

Otago won by 43 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after compiling 332 at Invercargill on Wednesday.

The visitors, chasing a revised 279 to win off 39 overs after rain delayed their reply, were dismissed off the final ball for 235.

Otago allrounder Sam Wells ripped through the top order, taking 5-41 off eight overs, to build on the batting deeds of Rutherford (108) and Ryder (78 off 45 balls).

It was the second century of the competition for Ryder, who is the leading runscorer on 319.

Otago lodged their second win while defending champions Auckland suffered a third straight loss.

Both teams are still in contention for the four-team playoffs.

After six rounds Canterbury and Northern Districts are on 18 points, followed by Wellington and Auckland on 12, and Otago and Central Districts on 10.

Northern lost by three wickets to Wellington in Hamilton despite a fighting 122 not out from opening batsman Daniel Flynn.

He scored more than half of the home side’s 215-8 on a slow wicket but they couldn’t stop Wellington reaching the target with 16 balls to spare.

Canterbury hammered Central by 64 runs in a rain-hit match at New Plymouth.

The visitors raced to 216-8 off their 30 overs before dismissing Central for 152.


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Feb 062014
Video - 150 Wickets A Big Achievement - Sharma
Thursday 6 February 2014 

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma says he is happy with the way he is bowling after taking his 150th Test wicket, which he says is a ‘big achievement’.

Sharma achieved the feat during the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland when he had Hamish Rutherford caught by Ajinkya Rahane early on.

India reduced New Zealand to 30 for three but they recovered to close on 329 for four.

Nevertheless, Sharma could take some satisfaction in his own performance and reaching a milestone.

“Well obviously it is a big achievement for me to get the 150 wickets in Test matches but I think I have been bowling well,” he said.

“I bowled well in the matches in South Africa as well, so I think I don’t need to worry about my rhythm and everything. I am bowling well and the way I’m bowling I’m pretty happy.”

And after centuries from Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson helped the Black Caps fight back from an awful start, Sharma paid tribute to their batting.

“I think we were still bowling in the right areas but you have to give credit to the batsmen, they played really well and I think the wicket got better as the day progressed.

“So I think on these kind of wickets you need to be patient and keep bowling in the right areas, that’s what we need.”

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Dec 212013
New Zealand ease to series victory

New Zealand 349 and 89 for 1 (Rutherford 33*, Williamson 39*) need 33 more runs to beat West Indies 367 and 103
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Kane Williamson works one away to the off side, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 4th day, December 22, 2013

Kane Williamson played confidently in New Zealand’s chase © Getty Images

New Zealand steadily worked their towards their first series victory against a top eight nation since 2006 on the fourth morning in Hamilton, needed just 33 more by lunch. The batsmen had to work hard, but after the loss of Peter Fulton and some pressure applied by Sunil Narine, Kane Williamson took control of the chase with an innings full of well-timed boundaries.

The only chance West Indies had of conjuring something remarkable after yesterday’s post-tea demise where they lost 10 wickets in a session was to grab a couple of quick breakthroughs to create some nerves in the home camp. However, Hamish Rutherford and Fulton saw through the initial stages and although Fulton chipped a return catch back to Darren Sammy – the West Indies captain’s fourth sharp take of the match – the visitors could not strike in quick succession.

Narine probed away throughout the entire session, making life tough for Rutherford who was stuck at the offspinner’s end for the eighth to the 26th over. Rutherford was given out, caught behind, on 24 but the DRS showed that he had hit the ground rather than the ball. Although rarely convincing he did collected a couple of boundaries off Narine when he dropped short.

Williamson was more free-flowing after taking 15 deliveries to open his account. He greeted Veerasammy Permaul’s first over with two classy drives, exhibiting swift footwork and confidence against the more orthodox spin of the left-armer.

A third lofted boundary by Williamson brought the end to Permaul’s to brief and Tino Best, who has been one of the major disappointments of the series, was given a run with little impact; when a bouncer ballooned over the batsman and keeper the target was under 50.

Nov 272013
Runs For Rutherford Against West Indians
Wednesday 27 November 2013 

by John Pennington

Hamish Rutherford

Hamish Rutherford scored a half-century to make a strong start to the match in Lincoln

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New Zealand XI 227-8 dec. (Rutherford 61) v
West Indians
Tour game, Lincoln, day one

Opener Hamish Rutherford scored 61 as a New Zealand XI declared on 227 for eight against the touring West Indies on day one in Lincoln.

With many of the West Indians still in India, where they lost the third and final One-Day International in Kanpur, their side was made up of six New Zealanders but they fared well enough to almost bowl the ‘home’ side out.

Rutherford made 61 in just 49 balls after Peter Fulton (1) and Dean Brownlie (6) missed out on opportunities to spend time in the middle ahead of the Test series by falling to Sheldon Cotterell and Shannon Gabriel respectively.

Rutherford’s counter-attack included 12 fours and he was supported by Tom Latham (27) and Brendon McCullum (22), the latter back in action after returning home from the Bangladesh tour with a back injury.

Derek de Boorder (4), Mark Craig (24) and Todd Astle (30) were the other wickets to fall and the declaration came with Anurag Verma unbeaten on 31.

Gabriel, Cottrell, and Sam Wells took two wickets apiece.

The opening Test between New Zealand and the West Indies begins in Dunedin on 3rd December.

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Nov 142013
Ryder, McCullum Named In New Zealand XI
Thursday 14 November 2013 

by John Pennington

Jesse Ryder

Jesse Ryder will feature for the New Zealand XI against the West Indies

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Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum are two of the seven New Zealand internationals who will line up against the West Indies in a tour game that begins on 27th November.

The team includes a number of Otago and Canterbury players, as those two teams will not be playing domestic cricket during the period of the three-day game.

Ryder’s inclusion is the latest chapter in a remarkable personal story of triumph overcoming near disaster. In March of this year he was in an induced coma following an assault in Christchurch but has subsequently marked his comeback from both injury and a drugs suspension with a century on his first-class debut for Otago.

McCullum is making a good recovery from back problems that saw him return home from Bangladesh early and he will lead the side.

Todd Astle, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford are the other players in the team with international experience.

Meanwhile, Aaron Redmond and Jeet Raval will open the batting for the West Indian side as they won’t have a full team in the country due to the ongoing One-Day International series in India.

New Zealand XI: Brendon McCullum (captain), Todd Astle, James Baker, Dean Brownlie, Mark Craig, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Andrew Mathieson, Hamish Rutherford, Jesse Ryder, Anurag Verma

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Jul 212013
Round-Up: Arafat sinks Warwickshire to record low of 73

Warwickshire were bowled out for their lowest ever 20-over total of 73 as Somerset won by 10 wickets at Taunton to keep alive their hopes of a fifth straight Twenty20 finals day.

Warwickshire had never previously been dismissed for fewer than three figures in a 20-over match – but were bowled out inside 17 overs as Somerset’s Yasir Arafat took 4 for 5.

Somerset’s chances of qualifying from the Midlands/Wales/West group of the Friends Life T20 had stuttered after three defeats in a row. But back-to-back wins over Glamorgan and Warwickshire have lifted them firmly back into contention.

Warwickshire won the toss and batted but the hosts reduced them to 13 for 5 inside five overs after an incredible spell in which four wickets fell for one run in just nine deliveries.

Only two Warwickshire batsmen – Rikki Clarke (28) and Darren Maddy (20) – made more than five as the visitors capitulated against Somerset’s seam attack.

Elsewhere, Gloucestershire finally came good at the conclusion of the Cheltenham Festival to thrash Glamorgan by 10 wickets with almost seven overs to spare, and keep alive their slender hopes of qualifying. Slow left-armer Ed Young posted figures of 3 for 21 from four overs and was ably backed up by David Payne, who deployed clever variation with the new ball and at the death to claim 3 for 17.

Hamish Rutherford powered Essex towards the knockout stages with 84 from 43 balls as they eased to a seven-wicket win over Sussex at Hove. The New Zealand opener’s competition best helped his side make light work of a target of 147, as Essex won with 17 balls to spare to move above Middlesex into second place in the South Group following their fifth victory.

Ben Stokes boosted Durham’s qualifying hopes with 46 from 24 balls as they recovered from a poor start to beat Derbyshire by four wickets with eight balls to spare at Chesterfield.

Nottinghamshire virtually ended Yorkshire’s hopes of qualifying with a  25-run victory at Headingley.

South African Richard Levi crashed 70 from 43 balls as Northamptonshire edged closer to a quarter-final spot after beating Worcestershire by five runs at New Road.

Kent edged out Hampshire by eight runs in a tight finish at the Rose Bowl but the hosts are still in a good position to reach the quarter-finals.

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