Central Districts wary of red hot Ryder

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 13:26 09/12/2012
Jesse Ryder STD
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ON FIRE: Central Districts are wary of the red hot form of Firebirds batsman Jesse Ryder.

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Centrak Districts coach Alan Hunt admits he is sick of the sight of Jesse Ryder.

The swashbuckling left-hander clobbered 75 runs in Wellington's Twenty20 victory over Hunt's side at McLean Park in Napier on Friday and is due to face Central Districts again when the two sides face off in a Plunket Shield clash at Karori Park in Wellington, starting tomorrow.

The former Black Cap has been in stunning form this summer for Wellington, with 368 runs in just five first-class innings this season.

Holding on to early chances is the only way you can limit Ryder's damage, Hunt said.

"I've seen enough of him, for sure," the coach told Sunday News.

"He looks like he's just going to keep playing the same way. He's given us chances in previous games but we've failed to take them, like [Friday] night.

Central Districts are on top of the Plunket Shield table with three wins from four matches. Their only loss came in round one, when a Ryder-inspired Wellington chased down 362 to win in Napier - with the former Black Cap smashing 174 in Wellington's second innings.

"No one has ever doubted the talent," Hunt said. "He's on top of it with a huge amount of confidence and he's just going to take whatever comes.

"That can have its drawbacks, and it would be nice to think we could get him out early. He'll just go about his game the way he does, and hopefully he gives us a chance we can hold on to."

Hunt saluted the mood of his squad at the moment, and called on them to keep the playing blueprint the same this week.

"The formula is not difficult to work out," he said. "If you make big runs in the first innings and bowl sides out, you've got a pretty strong chance of winning."

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