Thursday 27 June 2013 

Final England-New Zealand T20 Match Abandoned

The Oval
Final England-New Zealand T20 Match Abandoned
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England 2-1 v New Zealand - match abandoned
Second Twenty20 International, The Oval

The second and final Twenty20 International between England and New Zealand at The Oval was abandoned due to rain after just two balls were bowled.

In those two balls before the rain set in, Michael Lumb was brilliantly caught by Brendon McCullum off Mitchell McClenaghan but no further play handed New Zealand a 1-0 series win.

Lumb (2) had flicked the first ball into the leg-side and although the match was due to get underway later on as a six overs affair, the rain played spoilsport.

A broken finger suffered by Eoin Morgan during the Champions Trophy and exacerbated during New Zealand's five-run win two days ago meant James Tredwell led the side for what must be one of the briefest stints as an international skipper in any sport.

His only contribution was to lose the toss and under gloomy skies, McCullum had little hesitation in choosing to bat first.

New Zealand's success in the curtailed series brings to an end a mixed tour of England.  They were outplayed for the majority of the Test series, which they lost 2-0, won the ODI series 2-1 and then failed to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, losing to England along the way.

While New Zealand were unchanged, Kevin Pietersen was named in England's side for this game but his big return will have to wait.

© Cricket World 2013

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