Pesky rain washes out Black Caps' chance of famous win against South Africa in Hamilton

The rain has taken away what was set to be a thrilling match for the Black Caps who were on the verge of claiming a famous win on the final day of play against a struggling South Africa today.

1:30pm

The match has ended in a bitterly disappointing draw for the New Zealanders as they chased what would of been a famous a series-leveling victory and managed to have South Africa 80 for five as the Kiwis led by 95 coming into day five.

Kane Williamson has won the man of the match award for his contribution in New Zealand's first innings of 176.

The New Zealand skipper said he was frustrated that the match was called off after "being so far developed".

Moving forward however the Black Caps captain said his side had shown positive signs of recovering their form and confidence, encouraged by the fact they improved after a disastrous first test against South Africa.

Despite a successful season for the New Zealand side, Williamson said the young side was going through a transition and in development looking towards the future.

South Africa edge the series 1-0 after the other two matches were drawn.

The Black Caps' next international appearance will be in England during the Champions Trophy in June.

12:18pm

Good and bad news. The rain is getting lighter, however the water is starting to pool on the covers. What's more, the light out in the middle is nowhere near good enough for play at the moment. 

11:06am

Still no good news. The rain is still coming down steadily, however the super sopper is out on the field trying to drain as much water as they can from the playing surface. Things aren't looking good for play anytime soon.

10:32am

Not good news to start the day. A relentless downpour has battered Seddon Park overnight, and continued throughout the morning. Even if the rain were to stop, groundstaff would then have a major job on their hands to get the outfield dry in time.

It is looking likely that day five will be completely washed out, handing South Africa a 1-0 series win. 

PRE MATCH

New Zealand go into day five on the front foot - having taken five South Africa wickets late on day four to put themselves in command in search of a series-levelling win.

South Africa are reeling at 80/5 in their second innings - still 90 runs adrift of the Black Caps' first innings score of 489.

The only thing that can stop them? Rain. Heavy showers are forecast throughout the final day - potentially ruining the Black Caps' chances of squaring the series at 1-1.

South African hopes of a win are all but gone, losing five of their top six batsmen in the evening session yesterday.

Captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock are the two not-out batsmen, both equally dangerous in their own right, should play begin then New Zealand will have to dislodge one, if not both of them to have any chance of a memorable win.



'It's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved' - Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates is putting her team first, handing over the reins as captain to teammate Amy Satterthwaite as her side prepares for the women's World Twenty 20 in November.

The 31-year-old made the announcement in Lincoln this afternoon at a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.

Bates said it was tough telling her teammates before the press conference.

Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty

"It was difficult telling the team before, it's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved," said Bates, who was in charge for six years.

"It has been a long stint and probably the last 12 months I have struggled with dealing with the captaincy and playing.

"And perhaps the performances as a group haven't gone as well as I would have liked."

Bates believes not having the responsibility as captain will help her focus more on her own game.

"Now that the decision has been made, it makes sense for my own game to be able to concentrate on that at the end of my career," she said.

"And put as much into performing as well as I can without the captaincy."

Bates has played 115 one day internationals and 101 T20 internationals, debuting for New Zealand in 2006.

She has also scored 7000 runs for New Zealand.

The veteran cricketer told media today, "I've struggled with the captaincy and playing". Source: 1 NEWS


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Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain ahead of World Twenty20

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates has confirmed today that she will step down as captain as the women's national cricket side prepare for the World Twenty20 tournament in November.

Bates made the announcement in a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre this afternoon in Lincoln.

The 31-year-old steps down after six years in charge of the White Ferns team, she will be replaced by Amy Satterthwaite as the New Zealand skipper.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.


Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty


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England's James Anderson becomes most successful fast bowler in Test history as India crumble in final Test

James Anderson became the most successful fast-bowler in Test history by claiming the final wicket to clinch England's 118-run victory over India at the Oval today.

Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, surpassing the record of Glenn McGrath, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.

Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's second innings on 345.

Adil Rashid removed both centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for Anderson, who also moved past McGrath as the fourth-highest wicket taker.

Despite Anderson's heroics, Alastair Cook led England off the field having scored a century in the second innings in his 161st and final Test match.


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