Cricket: Former Blackcap Jesse Ryder pleads guilty to drink driving

  • 04/03/2020
Jesse Ryder playing for the Central Stags in 2018
Jesse Ryder playing for the Central Stags in 2018 Photo credit: Photosport

Former Blackcaps batsman Jesse Ryder has pleaded guilty to drink driving.

The 35-year-old was pulled over on Taradale Road in Napier last month, blowing more than three times the legal limit.

Ryder recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 873 micrograms per litre of breath - the legal limit is 250mcg. 

Ryder appeared in Napier District Court on Wednesday to plead guilty to the charge.

He was handed a nine-month supervision, and ordered by the presiding judge to undertake drug and alcohol counselling. 

Ryder played 18 tests, 48 one-day Internationals and 22 T20's for New Zealand between 2008-14.

His last national appearance was in January 2014, which came days before off-field incidents saw him dropped from Blackcaps consideration.

Ryder has a handy test average of 40.93 runs, including three centuries, with a top score of 201.

Ryder also scored three ODI hundreds, averaging 33.21, with a top score of 107.