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

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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.

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