Jesse Ryder's cricket career in limbo after being left off NZ domestic contract list

Former Black Cap Jesse Ryder's days as a professional cricketer in New Zealand appear to be over, after the explosive batsman was omitted from Central Districts' squad for the upcoming season.

Ryder, 33, wasn't offered a contract by Central Districts, who have gone with new blood for the 2018/19 season, leaving the veteran of 18 Tests and 48 ODIs without a contract among the New Zealand provincial sides.

The all-rounder hasn't played for New Zealand since January 2014, falling out with Black Caps selectors after a number of alcohol related incidents.

Ryder could now pursue a career as an overseas player in English County cricket, having previously turned out for the likes of Essex and Ireland, as well as a stint with the New Zealand Indoor cricket side.

Elsewhere, Auckland have sprung a surprise selection with the signing of 33-year old spinner Will Somerville.

Somerville was born in New Zealand, but has made his name playing for both New South Wales and the Sydney Sixers in the Australian Big Bash League.

Central Districts Stags' Jesse Ryder bats during the Wellington Firebirds and Central Stags Ford Trophy elimination final cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Wednesday the 15 February 2017. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz
Central Districts Stags' Jesse Ryder bats during the Wellington Firebirds and Central Stags Ford Trophy elimination final cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Source: Photosport


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Amelia Kerr's historic White Ferns performance inspiring Black Caps

It's one thing being praised for your batting by a former Black Cap but it's even better when that person is your grandad as well. 

Amelia Kerr's historic ODI performance against Ireland this morning made grandad and former leg-spinner Bruce Murray speechless.

"You've got to pinch yourself a wee bit...she's done well," he said.  

"We're very pleased for her mostly because she's such a nice girl - that's grandparent speak."

As someone who's seen her progress through the ranks, there was always a sneaking suspicion something special was going to happen. 

"When I heard she was going to open in this particular game I thought, 'oh, that could be interesting'."

It turns out the 17-year-old's performance even caught the eye of New Zealand's other premier leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who says he now has to play catch up.  

"I'm going to have to try and get to 50 first in the ODI format," he said.

It's definitely inspiring for me as well, to move my game forward and be someone that can contribute in so many ways to a team is really important, and that's what Amelia's doing, and I guess setting the bar for the rest of us." 

Kerr finished on 232 not out against Ireland in Dublin, scoring more than half of her team's total of 440-3.

Her innings, consisting of of 31 fours and two sixes off 145 deliveries, was enough to surpass Belinda Clark's 229 not-out scored back in 1997 to become to highest women's ODI score in history.

In doing so, she also became the youngest cricketer to score a double-century in international cricket - a record previously held by former Pakistani great Javed Miandad in when he scored a double hundred at 19 years and 140 days in a Test against New Zealand in 1976.

Ish Sodhi says the 17-year-old all-rounder is setting the bar for everyone else. Source: 1 NEWS


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Teen White Fern prodigy Amelia Kerr 'had no idea' she'd obliterated women's ODI record with unbeaten 232 - 'I can't believe it's happened'

White Ferns all-rounder Amelia Kerr was in the zone during her historic performance against Ireland this morning - so much so she didn't even know she'd broken multiple records until she came off the pitch.

The 17-year-old finished on 232 not out against Ireland in Dublin, scoring more than half of her team's total of 440-3.

Her innings, consisting of of 31 fours and two sixes off 145 deliveries, was enough to surpass Belinda Clark's 229 not-out scored back in 1997 to become to highest women's ODI score in history.

Amelia Kerr’s score is the highest ever by a women in a one day international. Source: 1 NEWS

Kerr had no idea she had even done it.

"Last ball, I hit a six and everyone was clapping but I had no clue what they were clapping about but I found at at the end when I walked off.

"It was just a crazy day - I can't believe it's happened."

In doing so, she also became the youngest cricketer to score a double-century in international cricket - a record previously held by former Pakistani great Javed Miandad in when he scored a double hundred at 19 years and 140 days in a Test against New Zealand in 1976.

Kerr credited a relaxed mindset to helping her during her time at the crease.

"I wasn't really thinking too much so my mind was pretty clear.

"Just see the ball, hit the ball, really."


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