Ryder pushing towards record

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 23/12/2013

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Not even halfway through his first Plunket Shield season with the Otago Volts and Jesse Ryder is already pushing his name towards the Otago Cricket Association record books.

Yesterday Ryder scored his third century in just his fifth Plunket Shield game for the Volts when he racked up 119 on day three against Central Districts in Dunedin.

It takes his season's tally to 573 runs from just eight innings at an average of 71 runs each time he bats.

At the rate he is notching up the runs he looks set to join some illustrious names in Otago cricket.

Glenn Turner and Craig Cumming, at four, hold the record for the most first-class centuries for Otago in a season and Ryder remains just one away from joining them.

Also Ryder is banging on the top 10 list for runs scored in a season for Otago with only half of the 2013/14 Plunket Shield season played out.

Turner sits at No 10 on the list with 703 runs in the 1974/75 season but he also holds top spot with 1027 runs in the 1975/76 season.

Given Ryder's form though, his time in the Otago setup may become scarce as he braces himself for a Black Caps comeback.

Yesterday he stole the show with his 119 the standout as Otago got through to 371-8 at stumps.

It was in response to Central Districts' first innings total of 255 which means the Volts hold a handy 116-run first innings lead with two wickets remaining.

With just one day to play the Volts will need to make some inroads into the Central batting lineup relatively quickly today when they start bowling.

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