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New Zealand stretch first innings lead to 171 on rain dampened day two

Kane Williamson celebrating his century in the first Test
Kane Williamson celebrating his century in the first Test

England 58 (Boult 6-32) v
New Zealand 229-4 (Williamson 102)
First Test, Auckland, day two

Kane Williamson went on to complete a fine century as New Zealand stretched their first innings lead to 171 runs in the 23.1 overs possible on day two of the day-night Test against England in Auckland.

The forecast was for 90% chance of rain on Friday and unfortunately, most of it went right.

New Zealand started the day with a score of 175 for three and a cautious approach from Williamson (102) and Henry Nicholls (49 not out) saw them score 15 runs in the first eight overs.

Williamson soon completed his century and now has 18 of it - thereby surpassing Martin Crowe and Ross Taylor with 17 - to become the highest century scorer for New Zealand in Test cricket.

However, his marathon 220-ball knock ended when he was trapped LBW by James Anderson (3-53) in the 84th over. Even a review could not save him there.

BJ Watling (17 not out) showed his class with three boundaries in a span of four deliveries, though one came off the edge to third man as New Zealand crossed the 200-run mark.

When the score was 229 for four in 92.1 overs, rain arrived and eventually play could not resume despite best efforts from the groundsmen.

Play will resume 30 minutes early in the remaining three days.

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