Ken Rutherford (cricketer)

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Ken Rutherford
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Robert Rutherford
Born (1965-10-26) 26 October 1965 (age 53)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm medium
Role Batsman
Relations Hamish Rutherford (son)
Ian Rutherford (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 155) 29 March 1985 v West Indies
Last Test 22 March 1995 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 50) 27 March 1985 v West Indies
Last ODI 1 April 1995 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1982–1995 Otago
1995–2000 Transvaal / Gauteng
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 56 121 220 248
Runs scored 2,465 3,143 13,974 6,888
Batting average 27.08 29.65 39.92 31.59
100s/50s 3/18 2/18 35/67 6/44
Top score 107* 108 317 130*
Balls bowled 256 389 1,729 862
Wickets 1 10 22 21
Bowling average 161.00 32.30 46.00 33.47
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/38 2/39 5/72 3/26
Catches/stumpings 32/– 41/– 180/– 91/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 April 2017

Kenneth (Ken) Robert Rutherford, MNZM (born 26 October 1965), is a former New Zealand cricketer who enjoyed a ten-year career with the national team, and was captain for a period in the 1990s. He is the 50th ODI cap for New Zealand.


Rutherford's elder brother Ian also played first-class cricket as a batsman for Otago from 1974–75 to 1983–84.[1] The brothers played in the same Otago team in 1982–83 and 1983–84.

Rutherford's eldest son Hamish Rutherford made his Test debut for New Zealand against England in March 2013, scoring 171.

Domestic career

He made his debut for Otago in 1982–83 at the age of 17, batting at number six. Opening the batting in 1984–85 he scored 442 runs at 44.20, including his first century, 130 against Auckland,[2] and he was asked to open the batting for New Zealand in the West Indies at a time when West Indies were at the height of their powers.

Rutherford's highest first-class score of 317, scored playing for a New Zealand touring side against a D.B.Close XI at Scarborough in 1986,[3] achieved several records for New Zealand cricket. it contained eight sixes and 45 boundary fours, crossing the boundary rope a record 53 times. The runs were scored in a day – the most runs scored in one day by a New Zealand batsman, and 199 of the runs were scored in one session between lunch and tea. The match was something of a festival occasion, with some elderly players in the fielding ranks, and Rutherford had not played with great distinction in the test matches. It is the highest innings in the history of the Scarborough Festival, as of 2015.[4]

Upon being dropped from the New Zealand team in 1995, Rutherford moved to South Africa, where he played first-class cricket for five seasons, first for Transvaal and then for Gauteng (which replaced Transvaal in 1994), before finally retiring, scoring a duck in his very last game.

International career

Making his debut during New Zealand's tour of the West Indies in 1984-85 at the age of 19, Rutherford played in all four Test matches. His first seven scores in Tests were 0, 0 (run out without facing a ball), 4 (an edge through the slips), 0, 2, 1 and 5.[5]

He was not selected for the tour of Australia in 1985–86, but after scoring 638 runs at 53.16 with three centuries in the Shell Trophy[6] he returned to the Test team when Australia toured New Zealand early in 1986, this time in the middle order, scoring two fifties in the three Tests.

Rutherford was more or less a steady feature of the side after his return. He had a habit of not converting fifties into centuries in Test cricket – he clearly had the ability to do so, as shown by his 35 first-class centuries. He captained New Zealand's team for three years, with only two Test wins in 18 attempts in what was a difficult tenure as New Zealand struggled to find a replacement for the retired Richard Hadlee and suffered the decline in power of their only world class batsman, Martin Crowe.

Arguably, Rutherford's greatest success came in One Day Internationals where he won ten matches as captain and made his highest international score, with 108 in a losing cause against India. He was a member of the New Zealand side which reached the semi finals of the 1992 World Cup,[7] their 2nd equal best performance in the tournament's history.

After cricket

Rutherford published his autobiography, A Hell of a Way to Make a Living, in 1995. With Mike Crean he wrote a book for young cricketers, Ken Rutherford’s Book of Cricket, in 1992.[8]

After retirement from the playing side of the game, he coached the Irish national cricket team.

After coaching the Ireland national team for two years he followed his interest in horse racing, returning home to work as head bookmaker for the New Zealand TAB and then filled a similar role in Singapore. Back in South Africa he then worked as chief executive of racing broadcaster Tellytrack. Since 2013[9] (and as of 2014) he is general manager of the Waikato Racing Club.[7] He is also a cricket commentator for Sky Network Television.

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Ken Rutherford
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 107* 14  England New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1988 Drawn
[2] 105 33  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Tyronne Fernando Stadium 1992 Drawn
[3] 102 36  Australia New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1993 Lost

One Day International centuries

One Day International centuries of Ken Rutherford
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 108 103  India India Baroda, India IPCL Ground 1994 Lost
[2] 103* 110  Sri Lanka South Africa East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 1994 Lost

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka Carisbrook, Dunedin 6 February 1991 65 (78 balls: 5×4) ; 2–0–5–1, 1 Ct.  New Zealand won by 107 runs.[10]
2 Sri Lanka AMI Stadium, Christchurch 9 February 1991 DNB ; 77 (111 balls: 5×4)  England won by 14 runs.[11]
3 England Carisbrook, Dunedin 12 February 1992 52 (86 balls: 3×4) ; 1 Ct.  England won by 3 wickets.[12]
4 Sri Lanka Seddon Park, Hamilton 25 February 1992 DNB, 1 Ct. ; 65* (71 balls: 6×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 6 wickets.[13]
5 Sri Lanka Buffalo Park, East London 18 December 1994 102* (98 balls: 7×4, 2×6)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[14]
6 Sri Lanka AMI Stadium, Christchurch 26 March 1995 65 (75 balls: 7×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 33 runs.[15]

See also


  1. ^ Ian Rutherford at Cricket Archive Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ Auckland v Otago 1984–85. Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ DB Close's XI v New Zealanders 1986. Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "North Marine Road, Scarborough – Double Centuries in first-class cricket". Cricketarchive. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. ^ "The New Zealanders in West Indies, 1984–85", Wisden 1986, pp. 953–66.
  6. ^ Shell Trophy batting averages 1985–86. Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b Anderson, Ian (13 December 2014). "Ken Rutherford digs in on racing's sticky wicket". Where are they now?. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  8. ^ National Library of New Zealand Catalogue Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  9. ^ Rodley, Aidan (26 April 2013). "Rutherford lands job at Waikato Racing Club". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  10. ^ "1990–1991 New Zealand v Sri Lanka – 3rd Match – Dunedin". HowStat. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  11. ^ "1990–1991 New Zealand v England – 1st Match – Christchurch". HowStat. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  12. ^ "1991–1992 New Zealand v England – 2nd Match – Dunedin". HowStat. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  13. ^ "1991–1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup – 5th Match – New Zealand v Sri Lanka – Hamilton". HowStat. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  14. ^ "1994–1995 Mandela Trophy – 10th Match – New Zealand v Sri Lanka – East London". HowStat. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  15. ^ "1994–1995 New Zealand v Sri Lanka – 1st Match – Christchurch". HowStat. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2015.

External links

  • Ken Rutherford at ESPNcricinfo
  • Ken Rutherford at CricketArchive (subscription required)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Martin Crowe
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Lee Germon
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