Brilliant Hamilton hundred shores up Zimbabwe innings

At 14-3 it looked dire but opener Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor put on a fightback to ensure Zimbabwe did not disappear early on from the second test against the Windies at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Hamilton Masakadza on his way to a ton against the Windies in Bulawayo PIC: Zimbabwe Cricket

Kemar Roach had been the tormenter in chief after Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer won the toss and chose to bat.

The ball swung early on and sure enough Solomon Mire nicked one to Windies keeper Shane Dowrich at 4-1.

Craig Ervine was out next letting one through the gates and snapping middle stump in two off Shannon Gabriel before Brendan Taylor chopped one onto his pad and then stumps.

Moor, in for the ill Sean Williams came to the crease and together with Masakadza started putting work in on repairing the innings reeling from the early shockwaves.

Indeed at lunch the Chevrons had not lost a wicket and Masakadza would, off a reach a milestone 2000 test runs. In that time he would also survive a caught behind off a short ball from Gabriel who had overstepped.

After Moor got his century and with spin charge from both sides Roston Chase bowled him. The Moor-Masakadza partnership had yielded 142.

Sikandar Raza entered the fray and showed intent but all eyes were on Masakadza who picked up his first ton at Queens as well as the first three figures in tests in 3 years, the fifth of his career. With such talent, one wonders how many more he would have had were it not for the troubles the game has had resulting in the paucity of matches at international level for Zimbabwe.

The heavens opened up did not cease until the match was called off with Zimbabwe 169/4.

Play resumes on Monday and Heath Streak will hope his charges will kick on and set a