Monday 18 March 2013 

No Break In The Weather As Wellington Test Drawn

No Break In The Weather As Wellington Test Drawn
No Break In The Weather As Wellington Test Drawn
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England 465 (Trott 121, Compton 100) drew with
New Zealand 254 (Broad 6-51) & 162-2
Second Test, Wellington
Scorecard | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Report by John Pennington

The second Test between England and New Zealand in Wellington was drawn after no play was possible on the final day at the Basin Reserve.

With New Zealand unable to continue from a score of 162 for two in their second innings, the series remains level at 0-0 heading into the final Test in Auckland, which begins on Friday (22nd March).

Although the weather forecast offered little hope of any play, and the rain arrived early, no decision on abandoning the game was to be taken until after the scheduled tea break.

Despite such optimism, the rain did not relent and the game was finally called off with day five going the same way as much of day four due to the weather.

Prior to that, England had built a strong position, hitting 465 in their first innings and then dismissing New Zealand for 254 in reply and enforcing the follow-on.

Nick Compton (100) and Jonathan Trott (121) both struck centuries, Kevin Pietersen (73) and Matthew Prior (82) also chipped in before Stuart Broad took six for 51.

Brendon McCullum (69) and BJ Watling (60) put on a century partnership for New Zealand and in their second innings, Kane Williamson's 55 not out and Ross Taylor's unbeaten 41 were keeping them in the game when the rain came.

© Cricket World 2013

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