30 Jul 2016

Latham emulates father in Zimbabwe

5:52 am on 30 July 2016

A century from opener Tom Latham has helped the Black Caps to a commanding 151 run lead at the end of day two of the first cricket Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Black Caps opener Tom Latham celebrates his century on day four of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand. Sunday 13 December 2015. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Black Caps opener Tom Latham celebrates his century Photo: Photosport

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Latham, 16 not out overnight, played a chanceless knock as New Zealand sought to build up a formidable first-innings lead ahead of series in South Africa and India in the coming months.

Latham was eventually dismissed for 105 while captain Kane Williamson fell just short of his own century on 91.

It's the 24-year-old's fourth test century and emulates the achievement of his father Rod, whose only test century came against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 1992.

Williamson scored his 20th test 50 as he picked up the scoring rate after lunch. He reached his half century in 95 balls before the spin bowling of Graeme Creamer and the part- time medium pace of Hamilton Masakadza put the brakes on.

Latham's opening partner opener Martin Guptill fell on 40 before lunch, driving away from his body to offer a catch in the gully to Craig Irvine and hand debutant Chamu Chibhabha a first test wicket.

The Black Caps ended the day on 315 for four with Ross Taylor and Ish Sodhi at the crease.