Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:22p.m.
Jesse Ryder has shown fine early form (Photosport)
Jesse Ryder has made an immediate impression in his return to New Zealand domestic cricket, scoring a century for Wellington in their Plunket Shield game against Central Districts
Ryder scored top-scored with an unbeaten 117 off 113 balls as Wellington were dismissed for 340 on the third day at Napier on Tuesday, 43 runs short of the hosts' first-innings score.
Building on his overnight tally of 84, Ryder's four-hour knock featured 13 fours and was his 11th first class century.
It continued a compelling run of recent form for the mercurial 28-year-old, who has endured a chequered year resulting in the non-renewal of his New Zealand Cricket contract.
His problems began in March when an injured Ryder broke a self-imposed alcohol ban in Napier midway through the ODI series against South Africa.
Following a verbal altercation with members of the public he and teammate Doug Bracewell were reprimanded and stood down for a game by Black Caps management.
Ryder responded by taking an indefinite break from cricket aside from a stint in the Indian Premier League, where he was accompanied by a psychologist.
Following a stint in the charity boxing ring in July, Ryder has been working on his cricket fitness.
The left-hander scored centuries in each of Wellington's two pre-season matches as well as returning to the bowling crease with his medium-pacers.
Ryder's previous first class match for Wellington was in February, where he produced innings of 74 and 82 in a Plunket Shield match against Canterbury.