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Cricket: Rake Lane joy at Ryder decision; HOWZAT! Local cricket.


NEW BRIGHTON are set to benefit from Kiwi Jesse Ryder's decision to turn his back on Ireland.

The 22-year-old has called time on his short stint as an overseas player for the Irish after just a couple of appearances in the Friends Provident Trophy.

Skipper Tim Watkins said: "Jesse's association with Ireland is over now.

"He was being asked to commute and he felt it was going to be difficult for him to give it his best shot so they agreed not to extend the arrangement.

"It looked like we were going to have to do without him for a few games because of his Ireland commitments but now he will be available and it's great news for us."

Ryder has been a revelation since arriving at Rake Lane - hitting over 400 runs and taking 37 wickets in nine league games.

Watkins added: "Jesse was brought in as a batter who bowled a bit but he's done really well for us with the ball.

"He bowls brisk medium pace and bowls with great discipline.

"The fact he's taken so many wickets is a huge bonus and he's one of the reasons we've been winning games."

The Wellington-born batsman has been in the news back home after indicating he will turn his back on New Zealand cricket and try to forge a career in England.

Ryder said he was "sick" of playing for New Zealand A and insisted that his performances warranted a call-up to the senior squad.

He has told the selectors that he is unavailable for the forthcoming A tour of Australia.

"I have had two very good New Zealand A tours but I don't even get a chance," Ryder said.

"I've been doing a job on the field. So I can't see why they didn't give me a go."

Both Ryder's grandfathers hail from England, as does his father, meaning he could qualify to play in the County Championship and potentially represent England.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2007
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