Rain interrupts play again, Black Caps still in control over England on day two of pink ball Test

Relive all the action with 1 NEWS NOW's coverage of the second day's play between New Zealand and England from Eden Park, Auckland.

9.00pm: 92.1 overs, NZ 229/4 - Watling 17, Nicholls 49

Play has been called off for the remainder of the day. Day three of play is set to start early at 1.30pm rather than 2.00pm.

7.05pm: 92.1 overs, NZ 229/4 - Watling 17, Nicholls 49

The rain has got significantly worse as ground staff go about their work.

7.00pm: 92.1 overs, NZ 229/4 - Watling 17, Nicholls 49

Just as it looked like the players were getting ready to go back out onto the field the rain begins to pour again. More covers go on. The rain has got significantly worse as ground staff go about their work.

4:48pm: 92.1 overs, NZ 229/4 - Watling 17, Nicholls 49

RAIN! It doesn't look good as the rain starts pouring down at Eden Park. A solid start with the bat by BJ Watling after Kane Williamson was dismissed in the 84th over. Henry Nicholls is one run shy of reaching a half ton.

4:32pm: 89 overs, NZ 219/4 - Watling 11, Nicholls 45

Henry Nicholls batting.
New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day/night test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Day 2, Friday 23 March 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Henry Nicholls batting in action for the Black Caps against England in first day-night Test at Eden Park in Auckland. Source: Photosport

A solid over from NZ batsman BJ Wattling as he hits two fours off Chris Woakes. New Zealand lead by 161 runs with six wickets remaining in the innings.

4:10pm: 84 overs, NZ 206/4 - Williamson 102, Nicholls 43

OUT! Kane Williamson's brilliant innings with the bat comes to an end. James Anderson strikes at a crucial time for England as Kane Williamson is out, given lbw. Williamson opts for a review but ball-tracking says the ball has pitched just outside off, decked in off the seam.

Kane Williamson batting.
New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day/night test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Day 1, Thursday 22 March 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Kane Williamson, Source: Photosport

3:58pm: 81 overs, NZ 198/3 - Williamson 101, Nicholls 36

After one over with the new pink ball NZ are only able to score one run in the over by Stuart Broad. England are in desperate need of breaking up this partnership if they are to get themselves back into this Test match.

3:50pm: 79 overs, NZ 197/3 - Williamson 100, Nicholls 36

And we are back underway here at Eden Park.

2:43pm: 79 overs, NZ 197/3 - Williamson 100, Nicholls 36

RAIN! Rain has halted play at Eden Park. A solid 40 minute session for New Zealand as the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson brought up a classy century. A historic knock as he becomes the first NZ batsman to reach 18 centuries in Test cricket. 

2:35pm: 78 overs, NZ 197/3 - Williamson 100, Nicholls 36

CENTURY! Kane Williamson you legend! He brings up his 18th century international for New Zealand. Slightly short outside off delivery, and he hits it towards gully and he reaches another ton.

2:33pm: 77.1 overs, NZ 195/3 - Williamson 99, Nicholls 35

The crowd go up as Kane Williamson edges closer to another century. The NZ skipper is now on 99.

2:15pm: 73 overs, NZ 185/3 - Williamson 97, Nicholls 27

Williams is now just a boundary away from the record Test century for NZ. He scored his first runs for the day with a beautiful boundary and then whipped one off his pads for a couple.

2:04pm: 71 overs, NZ 178/3 - Williamson 91, Nicholls 27

A solid start to the day for New Zealand with Nicholls scoring three runs off the first over from Woakes. 

PRE MATCH:

After an unreal first day, Kane Williamson and the Black Caps have the chance to really take this game out of England's grasp with another solid performance.

Having bowled England out for 58 in their first innings, New Zealand are 175/3 in reply - a lead of 117 runs, with captain Williamson unbeaten on 91.

The main narrative for at the beginning of today's play revolves solely around the Black Caps skipper, needing just nine runs to bring up his 18th Test match century, overtaking Martin Crowe on the list of most hundreds by a New Zealander.

Williamson is joined by fellow not out batsman Henry Nicholls, with the pair having added 52 runs together so far.

For England, only wickets will get them back into this game, staring at a huge first innings deficit - requiring a complete team performance to even make New Zealand bat again.



Spinners galore as White Ferns name side for T20 series against Australia

New Zealand will take a spin-heavy bowling attack into their three-match women's Twenty20 series against Australia.

Five players are proven international slow bowlers and should get plenty of overs during the series starting at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

Coach Haidee Tiffen has based selection on her belief slow bowling will be important at the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November.

One of the spin group is new skipper Amy Satterthwaite.

The allrounder takes over from Suzie Bates, who surprisingly relinquished the captaincy last week.

Bates is the most potent batting force in the New Zealand team and is ranked second in the world in the shortest format, just ahead of Australian pair Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.

WHITE FERNS:
Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. International womens cricket, White Ferns v Australia, Blake Park, Tauranga, New Zealand. Sunday, 5 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
New Zealand bowler Amelia Kerr. Source: Photosport


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'You can always capitalise at the end' - Colin Munro reflects on record-breaking CPL season

Colin Munro has revealed the mindset he's maintained in a record-breaking campaign for the Trinbago Knight Riders which he capped off with a man-of-the-match performance today.

Along with winning the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors today, the left-hander was also named in the tournament team and became the first batsman in tournament history to break the 500 run mark in a single CPL season.

Munro finished with 567 runs from 13 innings at an average of 51.54 while generating a strike rate of 140.

He finished 110 runs clear of the second best run producer - fellow Black Cap Glenn Phillips - by 110 runs.

The 31-year-old said after the match he's had a constant approach to the tournament which helped him generate the record numbers.

"On these surfaces you can't just go from ball one as I've done in the past.

"I just tried to get myself under way before I took too many risks, get myself set for 20-30 balls and you can always capitalise at the end."

Munro finished the CPL in Hollywood fashion, knocking the game-winning runs for Trinbago to backward point before getting swamped by his teammates.

He even took a moment to stand and appreciate the standing ovation from fans at Brian Lara Stadium who attended the final.

"There's a few more supporters out here for me than there is back home I reckon," he said.

Munro was selected in Black Caps' T20 and ODI squads to face Pakistan in the United Atab Emirates in November before a full summer at home.


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Watch: Euphoric Colin Munro sprints to swarming teammates after blistering knock wins CPL title

New Zealand combo Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum have played starring roles in helping the Trinbago Knight Riders win their third CPL title in six years this afternoon.

Both Munro and McCullum starred with the bat at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago, much to the dismay of fellow Kiwi Luke Ronchi who also had a strong showing for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

After Trinbago won the toss and elected to field, Guyana scored a total of 147 runs despite Ronchi's opening score of 44 off 35 deliveries.

But his efforts were countered by McCullum who opened the batting for the Knight Riders with 39 runs off 24 balls before Munro finished the job with a stellar 68  runs off 39 balls.

Munro drove a four to deep point to win the match with eight wickets and 15 balls to spare.

It caps a stellar campaign for the 31-year-old leftie who finishes as the top run-scorer in the competition with 567 runs.


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