The domestic cricket season has snuck up on us. Wellington is playing Otago in the first Plunket Shield four-day match at the Basin Reserve, in a very early start to the season.
It's great though to see that someone who ended the 2012-13 season in intensive care is back among the runs; Stuff reports:
Jesse Ryder completed a remarkable comeback from a seven-month cricketing hiatus by notching his 14th first-class century at Wellington's Basin Reserve today.
Ryder raised three figures for his new team Otago just before lunch on day two of the Plunket Shield match against Wellington with a boundary off his former team-mate Andy McKay.
The left-hander, who resumed today on 48 not out, raised the milestone off 151 balls, including 19 fours.
It was Ryder's first competitive match since March, when he suffered a serious assault outside a Christchurch bar, then was suspended for six months for testing positive to a banned substance contained in weight loss pills.
The ban only ended last week and Ryder announced his intention to force his way back into the Black Caps team, having played his previous international in February 2012.
The former Black Cap finally departed for 117 from 164 balls with Jimmy Franklin taking the catch from the bowling of McKay.
Welcome back Jesse Ryder. The last six months have seen plenty of obstacles for the former Black Cap, but it is great to see him not only back in the middle, but also amongst the runs. In coming back from a serious head injury, Ryder has shown a ton of courage.