March 25, 2000

Goodwin century helps Zimbabwe recover

The West Indies pulled themselves back into the game late in the evening after a very composed fourth wicket partnership of 176 between Murray Goodwin, who made 113 before he was run out going for a non-existent single and captain, Andy Flower, who was sensationally bowled, padding up, by Franklyn Rose for 66.

Both batsmen were dismissed from consecutive deliveries on Zimbabwe's eventual close of play score of 220-5. Not out are Alistair Campbell and Stuart Carlisle, both yet to score.

Goodwin's innings, his second century at this level, did have a chance, but was one of great concentration, containing only ten fours but lasting over five hours. Flower's innings was chanceless and had five boundaries.

Earlier, the morning session was dominated by the West Indian fast bowlers, as Zimbabwe slipped badly to be 40 for three with Grant Flower, Trevor Gripper and Neil Johnson all dismissed before lunch.

Courtney Walsh struck first with his 431st Test wicket overall, equaling Sir Richard Hadlee's effort, when he had Grant Flower's wicket.

So far, though, Reon King, with 2-29, has been the best bowler for the West Indies, while Franklyn Rose has 1-43. These two used the second new ball and have kept the West Indies in the game.