Peter Moor, a wicket-keeper-batsman who has been playing for Zimbabwe since 2014, is an exciting find who promises to boost his side’s prospects in the foreseeable future.
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Moor played his first Test match against New Zealand at Bulawayo in August 2016. He made a brilliant 71 in his first Test innings to help Zimbabwe reply with 362 to New Zealand’s 582/4 declared. However, the match ended badly for Zimbabwe who lost by 254 runs. He got another half-century against Sri Lanka at Harare in October 2016 when he made 79 and 7 in another losing cause. He was extremely consistent in getting good starts but did not convert those starts into big innings. He played consistently well in both innings, making 52 and 42, against the West Indies at Bulawayo in October 2017. Zimbabwe made 326 in the first innings to which the visitors responded with 448. However, the match ended in a draw with Zimbabwe poised at 301/7 in their second innings. Incidentally, during his knock of 52 in the first innings, Moor came to the crease at 3/14 (although he later became the team’s opening batsman) and was involved in a 142-run stand with Mazakadza. Arguably, Moor’s finest performance came at Sylhet against Bangladesh in November 2018 when he scored 63 not out to help Zimbabwe score 282 in their first innings. Bangladesh replied with 143. Zimbabwe made 181 to set them a target of 321 but the hosts were bowled out for 169, leaving Zimbabwe the winners by 151 runs. Moor’s last Test match came at Dhaka against Bangladesh in November 2018. In 8 Test matches, Moor has scored 533 runs at 35.53 with the top score of 83. He has also taken 9 catches and made one stumping.
In his first ODI match, Moor made just two runs against Bangladesh at Dhaka in November 2014, in a match that the hosts won by 124 runs. He got his first half-century against Afghanistan at Sharjah (the UAE) in December 2015. Moor scored exactly 50 to help his side to a respectable 253/7 but Afghanistan chased it down losing six wickets in the process. In January 2016, Moor got his revenge against Afghanistan when he scored 52 to help his team set a target of 227. Afghanistan were bowled out for 161. During his innings, Moor enjoyed a 92-run opening partnership with Chibhabha. In July 2018, Moor made 50 against Pakistan at Bulawayo, in a match that the visitors won. However, Moor’s 58 not out in April 2019 at Harare against the UAE was a match-winner. Batting first, Zimbabwe made 307/4. In reply, the UAE could score only 176 runs. During his innings, Moor went into a 145-run partnership with SC Williams. Moor would be doubly proud of the innings as he captained the side in that series, having taken over from the injured Mazakadza. He played his last ODI match in July 2019 against Ireland at Bready. In 49 ODI matches, Moor has scored 827 runs at an average of 20.67 with his top score of 58 not out. He has also taken 22 catches and made one stumping.
Moor played his first T20I game against Afghanistan at Sharjah (the UAE) in January 2016. He made just two runs in Zimbabwe’s reply of 182/7 to Afghanistan’s first knock of 187/7. After that, Moor had several good starts, such as 35 against Afghanistan at Sharjah in January 2016, in his very next match, 31 and 26 against India at Harare in June 2016, 30 against Australia at Harare in July 2018 and 44 against South Africa at East London in October 2018. Unfortunately, all of those innings came in matches that Zimbabwe lost. However, Moor played one of his best innings in any format of the game when he played against Singapore in Singapore in October 2019. Batting first, the hosts scored 167/7. Moor did his best to lead the chase with 92 not out off 60 balls. His innings included nine fours and six sixes as he helped his side chase down the target in 18 overs, with eight wickets to spare. In 21 T20I matches, Moor has made 364 runs at 24.26 with the top score of 92 not out. He has also taken seven catches.