Taylor celebrates birth of son

HARARE – Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor and his wife Kelly-Anne are celebrating the arrival of their son, whom they have named Mason.

Kelly-Anne Readings-Taylor gave birth to the bouncing baby boy at the Avenues Clinic in Harare yesterday, prompting the 27-year-old Zimbabwe skipper to take paternity leave and miss the first Test match between the hosts and Pakistan, which started at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

Taylor’s deputy, Hamilton Masakadza, is holding the fort in the Test.

“As disappointed as I am not being part of the Test match, the feeling of welcoming our son into this world is an overwhelming experience of joy and happiness,” a jovial Taylor told the Daily News.

“This feeling cannot get better. I’m watching the match on TV while I catch up on rest.”

Just like his first time dad, the boy showed signs of endurance right from the womb, lasting 17 hours before he finally popped out, prompting Taylor to quip that his son will occupy the crease for longer periods if he decides to become a cricketer.

“After 17 hours at hospital he decided to visit!” said Taylor.

On settling for a name, Taylor said: “We didn’t want anything common so we agreed on Mason. He is in the hospital for the next few days.”

Mason is an English baby boy name, meaning “one who works with stone.”

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