Waitaki Herald : November 26th 2014
16 WAITAKI HERALD, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 SPORT DAN’S SPORTS RANT Ryder a lost cause O By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com ne name you can bank on not wearing the silver fern at next year’s Cricket World Cup is Jesse Ryder. After pulling out of the New Zealand A side’s tour to the UAE, apparently because of a relationship issue, he’s done the selectors a favour. Ruling himself out has spared the flak from the public that would have come the selectors way if they hadn’t picked him for the World Cup. There’s no way he’ll be included now, which is the way it should be. It’s really an act of self sabotage on Ryder’s part. While no one really seems to know the finer details of exactly why Ryder pulled the pin on the NZ A tour, it’s interesting to me it’s come straight after Otago Cricket’s social golf day. Ryder, no stranger to problems with alcohol, was drinking at the event on the Friday and was a noshow at Dunedin Airport on Saturday for the team’s flight to Christchurch for its Twenty 20 clash against Canterbury. Why you’d have a social golf day in the middle of the season I’m not sure, the nature of it seems better suited to an end of season fling. I’d like to say I’m surprised at Ryder’s latest setback but I’m not and I’d say not too many others are either. Otago are standing behind their star batsman, but privately they must be pretty disappointed. How could you not be? It seems to me Ryder either thinks he doesn’t need help or he just flat out doesn’t want it. If he’s truly dedicated to a Black Caps recall he would be doing everything he possibly could to sort himself out. Whatever support network he’s got, it’s not working. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have been made to look a little foolish too. It, along with national coach Mike Hesson, seemed dead against Ryder being at the World Cup until he scored a blistering century for Otago in a one-dayer against Ireland. Predictably, the drums started beating and the public wanted him back as soon as possible. It was only then NZC did a dra- matic U-turn and Hesson decided Ryder should be part of the NZ A set-up, giving him an option to push for a World Cup spot. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hes- son was tapped on the shoulder by NZC boss David White. It’s easy to see why NZC want Ryder back. He’s got a cult following of sorts and brings plenty of people to one-dayers because of the way he goes about his cricket. Ryder might be doing a good job at domestic level, but if I recall correctly he did little, with a highest score of 20, during his most recent Black Caps run which was a five match the one-day series against India. Whatever he does no doesn’t matter, he’s shot himself in the foot again. issues. On the outer: Jesse Ryder’s World Cup dream is over after his latest Photo: GETTY IMAGES RESULTS GOLF NORTH OTAGO Saturday, November 22 The Whitestone Cheese and Wine tournament was held in unfortunately unpleasant wet and windy conditions. Despite this, 63 players competed in the teams event. Winners were: 126 points - Graham Hiscoke, Robert Marshall, Tom O’Reilly, Bruce Swain; 125 - Ian Ryder, Brandon Ryder, Peter Ryder, Daniel Warren; 122 - Kay Tourell, Bruce Tourell, Julia Knight, Charlie Rees; 121 - John Tito, Richard MacGregor, Peter Jones, Tama Loper; 120 - Richard Knight, Jessie Gibb, Roger Gilchrist, Bronwyn Gilchrist; 117 - Chris Whitham, John Cunningham, Michael Todd, Ray Telfer; 114 - Ross Hicks, Jim Morris, Doug Morris, Neil McKenzie; 114 - Stephen Waby, Scott Clark, Andrew Miller, Gary Iles; 113 - Elaine Dunlop, Bev Conlan, John Conlan, Catherine Clark; 113 - Warren Jamieson, Ray McNally, Peter Lawson, Stan Ruddenklau; 113 - Heather McMullan, Gwen Oliver, Olive Beck, Daphne Willetts; 111 - John Avis, Doug Lowrie, Pop Elliott, Alan Sandri. The incentive holes were won by: Julia Knight No 7, Chris Whitham No 15, Ross Hicks No 4, Stephen Waby No 18, Stephen Waby No 13, Ray Devlin No 17. Andrew Miller scored the only two. The jackpot hole was No 7 and not struck. WAITOA PARK Wednesday, November 19 Stableford. 0-19. Neville Hill 41, Frank Plieger 40, Peter Miller 40, Jim Wood 39. 20-34: Bill Stackhouse 45, Noel Wilson 43, Peter Lee 42, Don Laurenson 41, Ray Wilkinson 41. Longest putt: Peter Lee. Nearest to the pin: Frank Plieger. Twos: Don McCone and Peter Miller. TENNIS South Canterbury Seniors versus North Otago Masters tennis match played at the Des Unwin Tennis Centre in Timaru on Sunday 23rd November. Results( South Canterbury names first): Men’s Doubles: Steve Gilchrist & Malcolm Strang lost to Glen Claridge & Mel Lesquillier 5-7 5-7; Greg McMecking & Kevin Lind beat Barry McDonald & Aisea Fifita 4-6 6-4 7/3; Brian Moyle & Terry Taylor lost to Peter Simpson & Hugh Perkins 3-6 2-6; Nicol Taylor & Michael Walton lost to John Macdonald & Trevor Gunn 3-6 3-6. Ladies Doubles: Irene Emond & Ann Moyle lost to Judith Wallace & Ros Heap 2-6 4-6; Hazel Thum & Lynne Hodges beat Pat Gunn & Kaye MacPherson 6-2 6-2; Heather Hume & Jenny Mills beat Bernie Blackgrove & Bev Inkersel 6-3 6-1. Mixed Doubles: Steve Gilchrist & Irene Emond beat Glen Claridge & Judith Wallace 6-4 6-1; Malcolm Strang & Ann Moyle lost to Mel Lesquillier & Ros Heap 6-7(7-9) 3-6; Greg McMecking & Hazel Thum beat Barry McDonald & Pat Gunn 6-2 6-1; Kevin Lind & Lynne Hodges beat Aisea Fifta & Kaye MacPherson 6-3 7-5; Brian Moyle & Heather Hume lost to Peter Simpson & Bernie Blackgrove 4-6 7-6(7-5) 0/7; Nicol Taylor & Jenny Mills beat Hugh Perkins & Bev Inkersell 6-3 7-6; Terry Taylor & Michael Walton lost to John Macdonald & Trevor Gunn 6-7 1-6. Overall Result: Seven matches all. The return match to be played in Oamaru in late March will decide who will win the Hazlett/McCone trophy for the season. North Otago win Hawke Cup warm up By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org North Otago’s Hawke Cup preparations got off to a perfect start with a comprehensive 40 run win over Mid Canterbury in Ashburton at the weekend. Batting first in the 50-over warm up clash North Otago posted a more than competitive 210/3 at the end of their allotted overs, with an unbeaten 100 by Stephan Grobler anchoring North Otago’s innings. Batting at number four, Grobler smashed 13 sixes and two fours during his 105 ball stay. Grobler found plenty of support from Francois Mostert, who finished not out on 61 in an innings which featured eight boundaries. The pair put on 168 runs for the fourth wicket, dominating the Mid Canterbury attack. Richard Print returned the best figures for Mid Canterbury with his 1 for 30. Earlier, North Otago’s top order struggled to gain momentum and at one stage the scorecard read a less than promising 42 for 3. Mid Canterbury were never really in the hunt after slumping to 30 for 4 after 12 overs, despite a fighting 43 from James Southby and 40 from Tom Meyrick. They were eventually bowled out for 170 in the 45th over, with Mostert following up his fine performance with the bat to claim an outstanding 6 for 23. Brayden Lindsay, Grobler, Matt Day and Harvey Lowe each claimed one wicket for North Otago in a confidence-boosting victory.
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