Essex sign Jesse Ryder as Overseas player for 2014


Essex Cricket are delighted to have agreed terms of contract with New Zealander Jesse Ryder as the Overseas player for the 2014 season. The move is confirmed but is subject to visa approval.

The New Zealand International all-rounder will join up with the Essex squad from the start of May and will be eligible across all formats of the game for the full 2014 season.

Jesse Ryder said on his move to Essex, “I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to represent Essex. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I want to get as much cricket as possible over the New Zealand Winter. It’s an added bonus that there are a few of the guys who I have played with before, the side looks very strong and they have got off to a good start for the season.”

Ryder was born on August 6, 1984 and is a talented, aggressive and solid batsman middle-order batsman in Test cricket who opens the innings in ODI matches for New Zealand. A left-handed batsman, he is also a useful right-arm medium-pace bowler who can also bowl off-breaks.

He plays domestic cricket for Otago after previously playing for Wellington and Central Districts. Ryder has also played IPL cricket for Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

His latest performances have shown Ryder in high run-scoring form playing in New Zealand’s domestic 50-over competition, the Plunket Shield, where he finished up as the team’s leading run scorer, hitting 776 runs from 8 matches at an average of 59.69 that included a high score of 120.

He became the 241st Kiwi to play Test cricket for his country when making his debut against Bangladesh in October 2008 and his most recent Test appearance was against Australia in December 2011. It was against England in February 2008 when he made his ODI debut and his most recent appearance for the Black Caps in that format came in January 2014 against India.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and scored 1,269 runs (highest score 201) at an average of 40.93 which includes 3 centuries and six half-centuries. He has made 48 ODI appearances scoring 1,362 runs @ 33.21 and taken 12 wickets @ 34.33.

In 79 first-class appearances, Ryder has scored 5,756 runs @ 46.04 and taken 55 wickets @ 36.49.

In 117 List A matches he has scored 3,153 runs @30.31 and captured 44 wickets @ 32.72.


Catch Jesse Ryder in action for Essex during the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast season which begins at The E.C.G on Friday 23 May v Glamorgan. There will be 6 further home matches to watch Jesse have a Blast with tickets now on general sale – purchase here

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