Cricket World Player Of The Week - Hamilton Masakadza
Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton Masakadza has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he scored 467 runs in his side's five-match ODI series against Kenya in Harare.
In the opening match, Masakadza hit a career-best 156 in 151 balls to help set up a 91-run win and in game two one day later, he scored 56 and his side went on to win by 86 runs to go 2-0 up. Kenya hit back in game three, despite Masakadza hitting 44 and taking two wickets but Zimbabwe sealed the series in the fourth match with Masakadza's contribution being 23 with the bat and a wicket.
The final match might have been a dead rubber, but Masakadza was saving his best for last, beating his earlier career-best by slamming 178 not out in 167 balls, carrying his bat as Zimbabwe racked up 329 for four. Only his current team-mate Charles Coventry has scored more runs in an ODI innings for Zimbabwe and it helped his side finish the series and the week with a crushing 142-run win.
His tally of 467 runs came at an average of 116.75, he picked up three wickets and was unsurprisingly named as the man of the series.
Other contenders for the weekly award were his team-mates Brendan Taylor, Stuart Matsikenyeri and Kenyan bowler Nehemiah Odhiambo, who was the leading wicket-taker in the series.
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