Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Rutherford signing completes classy quintet

There is a famous photograph on the wall of Sun Studios in Memphis of the so-called 'Million-dollar quartet' - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. All of them got a start there and made it a place of legend among music followers. The photograph, of the four of them at a piano, is as famous as the performers themselves.

Guptill, Dilshan, Rimmington, Amla and now Hamish Rutherford. That would make a good composite photograph for the 3aaa County Ground, the class of 2015, in which the first 'graduate' has left a lasting impression.

His replacement, the current South African captain Hashim Amla, arrives in town this weekend and will hopefully leave his own mark on the county, while Tillakaratne Dilshan's reputation is every bit as impressive and augurs well.

That tricky mid-season spell when he goes off to the Caribbean was always intended to be filled by a New Zealander or Australian. Today it was announced that we would have the services of the increasingly impressive Hamish Rutherford for that period.

 A sign of my age is remembering watching his father, Ken, bat for his country, but Rutherford junior, at 26, is a player of talent. He will join up with us in the middle of June and will be available across all three formats until the end of July. In total, he will be available for seven NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, three Championship matches and four Royal London Cup games.

He has a good record across all of them. A strike rate of 141 in T20 is impressive and his first-class record is climbing steadily. The only left-hander of our summer, he had a learning curve at Essex in 2013, but will doubtless have benefited from that. His T20 displays for them were good and he has a good range of shots. While not the biggest name of our summer recruits, I expect him to do well and wish him the very best for his stay.

Looks like we are in for a treat...

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