Ryder Returns To Form As New Zealand Beat Ireland

Ryder Returns To Form As New Zealand Beat Ireland
Ryder Returns To Form As New Zealand Beat Ireland
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New Zealand 187-5 (Ryder 64, Guptill 50) beat
Ireland 147-9 (McCullum 3-25) by 40 runs
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Guyana

Jesse Ryder made an impressive return from injury to blast New Zealand to a 40-run win over Ireland in an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match in Guyana.

Left-hander Ryder, who last appeared for the Black Caps in the Champions Trophy last year, hit 64 as New Zealand scored 187 for five before restricting Ireland to 147 for nine in reply.

Ryder hit five fours and five sixes as he shared an opening stand of 104 with Rob Nicol (31) and New Zealand's innings was further boosted by Martin Guptill's 50 in 35 balls which included three fours and as many sixes.

Left-arm spinner George Dockrell dismissed Nicol, Scott Styris (5) and Gareth Hopkins (5) to pick up three for 24 before Daniel Vettori helped himself to 18 in 12 balls at the death.

Faced with a stiff target, Ireland's innings never gathered the required momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Opener  William Porterfield (34), Gary Wilson (31) and Kevin O'Brien (28) all made starts but none could go on and with off-spinner Nathan McCullum picking up three wickets and Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Ian Butler, Styris and Tim Southee all taking a wicket apiece, New Zealand were able to complete a resounding win.

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