Jesse goes Irish
Friday 11th May 2007

Jesse Ryder has joined Ireland as an overseas professional. The New Zealand batsman, who has made a fine start to his Liverpool Competition career this season with New Brighton, made his Irish début against Gloucestershire yesterday after signing as an overseas professional.

The 22 year old batsman/medium pacer, from Wellington, has scored a century and two fifties, plus 15 wickets at an average of 4.66, in the Wirral side's confident start to the season.

"Jesse is an exciting talent who just missed out on selection for the New Zealand World Cup squad," said Irish coach Phil Simmons.

Ryder has scored 2344 runs in 36 first class matches. He could also play in Sunday's trophy clash with Essex at Dublin. His commitments, however, will mean that whilst he will be available for New Brighton on Saturdays, he will miss, if selected, the Bank Holiday clash with Wallasey.