Rain frustrates New Zealand, gives England hope | Cricket Bats | England

New Zealand 233 for 4 (Nicholls 52*, Watling 18*) lead England 58 by 175 runs
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Only 17 balls were possible on the third day at Eden Park, as steady rain and a damp outfield forced the umpires to call play off at 6.45 pm, five hours after the first shower. New Zealand scored four runs in those 2.5 overs, stretching a substantial first-innings lead to 175. Henry Nicholls raised his sixth Test fifty. BJ Watling was unbeaten on 18.

Bleak weather in Auckland over the last two days – only 26 overs were possible in total on days two and three – could force New Zealand to declare on a total of less than 300 for only the sixth time in their history. They still maintain firm control of the day-night Test, having bowled England out for 58 on the first morning. The forecast for the final two days remains promising, albeit with a chance of showers in the afternoon on Sunday.


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