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Rain halts New Zealand’s progress in first cricket test

New Zealand continue to dominate the first cricket test against England in Dunedin, although their chances of winning the match have been hampered by the weather.

 
 

Hamish Rutherford

NEW ZEALAND continue to dominate the first cricket test against England in Dunedin, although their chances of winning the match have been hampered by the weather.

The first day was washed out, while day three finished 32 overs early due to persistent drizzle.

At that stage the Black Caps were in total command at 402-7 in their first innings, in reply to England’s 167, giving them a lead of 235.

The highlight of the day was a century to Hamish Rutherford, playing in his first test.

He was eventually out for 171 from 217 balls.

It was the second highest score by a Kiwi on debut, and he became the ninth batsman to reach three figures in their first match.

Captain Brendon McCullum remains unbeaten on 44 along with Bruce Martin, who is also on debut.

The hosts added 271 runs off 66 overs today, and lost seven wickets in the process.

They will want to push on for a lead of around 300 and then give themselves enough time to push on and bowl England out a second time on what is a sluggish pitch that is proving good for batting.

The weather forecast is positive for the last two days.

James Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers with 4-108.

Stuart Broad had 2-89 off 24 while Steven Finn, on his former home ground, bowled 26 wicketless overs for 102 runs.

IMAGE: ecb.co.uk

 
 

 

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