Kenneth ''Ken'' Rutherford (born 26 October 1965) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played a ten year career with the national team, and was captain for a period in the 1990s
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, 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. 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. 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 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. Ken 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, Ken Rutherford's greatest success came in ODIs 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, their equal best performance in the tournament's history. Ken Rutherford's highest first class score of 317, scored playing for a New Zealand touring side against in 1986, 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, Rutherford had not played with great distinction in the test matches.
Ken 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.
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