New Zealand’s 17-match cricket duel with England over almost five months has ended with victory in a two-game Twenty20 series via a washout.
The Black Caps were up 1-0 going into their tour finale at the Oval in London, but rain allowed just two balls to be bowled.
England, after losing the toss lost opener Michael Lumb for two just as the rain arrived.
Seamer Mitchell McClenaghan continued his good run of form by dismissing Lumb, who got a thick outside edge to skipper Brendon McCullum at second slip.
After a 90-minute wait for the weather to improve, the match was abandoned.
New Zealand’s first meeting with England this year came in Auckland in early February for the start of a T20 series.
The Black Caps lost that and an ODI series by 2-1 scorelines, before drawing all three home Tests.
On their tour of England, they suffered defeats in both Tests, but prevailed in the ODI series 2-1 and now the T20 series.
The teams’ other clash came in a Champions Trophy pool match, which England won to progress to the play-offs.
That meant the Black Caps record against England in all forms this year ended on five wins and eight losses.
Their next assignment is a tour of Bangladesh in October and November.
England’s focus now turns to home-and-away Ashes series against Australia. – By NZ-AAP (Image AAP)
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