Hamish Rutherford retires from all forms of cricket

Opener Hamish Rutherford will play his last professional game next week, when Otago plays Northern Districts in the Super Smash in Dunedin. It will be the end of his career. It will be the end of Rutherford’s career, which began in 2008 and has seen him score 16,468 runs across all forms.

Career Stats

He played 130 first-class games and 16 Tests. On his debut against England in 2013, he got 171 runs. It took him 7863 first-class runs and 17 centuries to get to a score of 35.26. He played 127 List A games and scored 4326 runs with 13 centuries. He also played 192 T20s, including eight T20Is, and scored 4279 runs at a strike rate of 141.50.

He told the press, “It has been an honour to play for Otago and be a part of this famous province.” “My dream has always been to play for New Zealand, but I’m thankful for the chances cricket has given me and my family.” I loved every second of it. I’m grateful for all the help I’ve gotten from family and friends, other players, teachers, and province fans.

Retires From Cricket

Rutherford will retire having played the most T20s for Otago; he broke Neil Broom’s record earlier this month. Overall, he will retire having played the third most matches for Otago across formats, behind Broom (348) and Derek de Boorder (292).

“Hamish will undoubtedly be one of Otago’s greats,” stated Otago Cricket CEO Mike Coggan. “I have watched him play innings few cricketers can. His top-innings entertainment has earned my respect as a player and person. His impact on Otago Cricket is huge.

“Hamis has been the only opener I’ve seen who has shown both patience and aggression.” His big hundred on his debut at home against a good England team was amazing, and the 155 (off 100 balls) he got in a Ford Trophy match in Dunedin against CD in 2020 was also amazing. Hamish has always been interested in cricket and is one of the smartest people in local cricket. It was fun to watch and get to know him, and I hope he has a great retirement.

In his last game on January 23, Otago Cricket will remember Rutherford.

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