My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

Needed a good cricket news story this week …

on December 8, 2012

… and thank goodness Jesse Ryder more than delivered for the Hell Wellington Firebirds in their HRV Cup fixture against the Central Stags!!!

Jesse Ryder smashes another boundary

Jesse Ryder smashes another boundary

I unfortunately was not able to witness the onslaught myself (being limited to text updates on the Cricket Wellington scoreboard) but after the Stags won the toss and decided to bowl first, Ryder seemed to make that decision appear to be their first mistake!

I don’t know if it was because he was still feeling annoyed at the treatment former New Zealand captain, Ross Taylor (who’s home team happens to be the Stags also) has received over the last few days and weeks by the management at NZ Cricket, but Ryder was obviously on a mission to hit the ball as hard and far and often as he could in his 26 ball innings!

His 75 runs included 9 boundary-fours and 6 hits that cleared the rope for six runs, as he and Michael Pollard set up the Firebirds’ innings perfectly, reaching 100/0 off just 7 overs!

The Wellington team had a minor hiccup in the next few overs as they lost both the opening batsmen (Ryder 75, Pollard 28 off 21 balls) and Michael Papps (0 runs) and Luke Ronchi (15 runs) close to together, but returning captain, James Franklin (42 off 37 not out) and stand-in captain Grant Elliott (50 off 27) steadied the ship and ensured the team set a huge total of 214/5 off their 20 allotted overs.

The Stags were always going to be up against the run rate (and the ‘Winning and Success Predictor’ utilised by Sky Sport which at one point gave them a 2%) chance of winning the match!

The Wellington bowlers did their job well shared the wickets around, although special mention must be made of Chris Woakes’ 3 wickets for 27 off his 4 overs – welcome to New Zealand, Chris, and thanks for coming all that way from England for the season 🙂

Slightly concerning to hear that Doug Bracewell has sustained an injury while bowling in the Firebirds’ innings, particularly as he has just been named in the New Zealand team for both the test matches and T20/ODI matches on the upcoming South Africa tour next week.  Hopefully this was more a precautionary “did not bat” and he recovers quickly!

Oh and Firebirds, keep the winning going please!  Apparently, winning 2 out of the 3 games so far this season equals the number of wins IN TOTAL for last season’s HRV Cup … please don’t let the winning stop at 2 for the 2012/13 season as well 😉

Wellington Firebirds v Central Stags, Napier, 7 December 2012 scorecard

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