Ryder in top form as Wellington beat CD
One man band or not, the song's still a hit.
Central Districts didn't reckon Wellington beat them, when the two teams met in the Plunket Shield back in late October.
Jesse Ryder had stuffed them and the official result was a five-wicket Firebirds win, but the Stags maintained afterwards that they'd beaten Wellington all the same.
They just hadn't dealt with Ryder, who scored a hundred in each innings.
Well, the match score now stands at Ryder/Wellington 2 CD 0, following the 56-run flogging the Firebirds administered to the Stags in last night's Twenty20 game at Napier's McLean Park.
Plenty of Wellington players, not least Grant Elliott, made telling contributions. But Ryder took the game away from CD from the very first ball and, while the Stags tried hard, they never looked like getting it back.
Ryder's first-ball four, off Adam Milne, was followed by a six off the next delivery. It wasn't batting, so much as hitting, but it was mightily effective as Ryder raced to 50 in just 16 balls.
That was just two balls slower than the New Zealand domestic record, set by CD's Kieran Noema-Barnett two seasons ago.
Michael Pollard (28 off 21) again swung like a rusty gate, but eventually caught up with a few balls as he and Ryder posted 105 for Wellington's first wicket. Ryder was first to go, having made 75 from 26, and there was a scare or two as the Firebirds soon found themselves 124 for four.
Michael Papps got his second first-ball duck of the Twenty20 campaign, which is bad luck as much as anything.
Elliott took control at that point, playing one of his better innings' in some time.
There was an ease about everything Elliott did and his knock of 50 off 27 balls was high quality stuff.
James Franklin finished 42 not out and 214 for five was always going to be more than than CD could muster.
Their batsmen went hard at Wellington's bowling, as they had to, and Marty Kain, Jamie How, Peter Trego and Mathew Sinclair perished quickly as a result. But it wasn't the batting that let them down.
As hard as Ryder hit the ball, CD's bowlers were still absolute strangers with the blockhole. Ryder wanted the type of length that he could hoik into the leg side and the Stags served it up on a plate.
Full and straight deliveries can still get hit in Twenty20 cricket, but length-balls will go to or over the boundary every time when someone like Ryder's in a mood like last night's.
Wellington now have a two wins, from three games, which equals the the number of victories they managed in the entirety of last summer's competition. CD are yet to register a win in their two starts.
Twenty20 match between Central Districts and Wellington at Napier
JD Ryder b AW Mathieson 75
MA Pollard run out (JM How) 28
JEC Franklin not out 42
MHW Papps c MS Sinclair b DAJ Bracewell 0
L Ronchi c AF Milne b Carl Cachopa 15
GD Elliott c WA Young b AF Milne 50
SC Kuggeleijn not out 0
Extras (b 1, wd 2, nb 1) 4
Total (for 5 wickets, 20.0 overs) 214
Fall: 1-105 (JD Ryder, 7.4), 2-105 (MA Pollard, 8.1), 3-106 (MHW Papps, 8.3), 4-124 (L Ronchi, 10.5), 5-207 (GD Elliott, 19.1)
Bowling: AF Milne 4-0-49-1, MO Kain 4-0-35-0 (1w, DAJ Bracewell 2-0-23-1, AW Mathieson 4-0-45-1 (1w, 1nb), AY Patel 3-0-37-0, Carl Cachopa 3-0-24-1
PD Trego c MA Pollard b SC Kuggeleijn 16
MO Kain c MHW Papps b CR Woakes 0
JM How b CR Woakes 14
MS Sinclair c JD Ryder b DS Hutchinson 21
Carl Cachopa run out (MA Pollard) 10
WA Young c MA Pollard b LJ Woodcock 34
BS Smith lbw b GD Elliott 19
AF Milne not out 18
AY Patel b DS Hutchinson 9
AW Mathieson c L Ronchi b CR Woakes 7
Extras (b 4, lb 1, wd 6, nb 0) 11
Total (for 9 wickets, 19.0 overs) 159
Fall: 1-1 (MO Kain, 0.2), 2-26 (JM How, 2.2), 3-50 (PD Trego, 4.3), 4-54 (MS Sinclair, 5.3), 5-69 (Carl Cachopa, 8.3), 6-116 (WA Young, 13.2), 7-130 (BS Smith, 15.1), 8-146 (AY Patel, 17.1), 9-159 (AW Mathieson, 18.6)
Bowling: CR Woakes 4-0-27-3, LJ Woodcock 4-0-34-1 (2w, DS Hutchinson 3-0-34-2 (1w, SC Kuggeleijn 3-0-25-1 (3w, JS Patel 3-0-18-0, GD Elliott 2-0-16-1
Wellington won by 55 runs