Rain washes out Black Caps v Windies T20 after Colin Munro's destructive half-century

Rain has ruined the second T20 international between the Black Caps and the West Indies in Tauranga.

Batting first, New Zealand reached 102/4 from nine overs, thanks to a 23-ball 66 from Colin Munro, before the rain set in.

From there, no more play was possible, leaving New Zealand the chance to seal the series with the third match at the same ground on Wednesday.

10:04pm

That's it. The umpires have called the match off. The second T20 ends as a damp squib. We'll be back on Wednesday for the final match of the series.

10:01pm

More covers are coming out onto the field. This should be it.

9:48pm

The umpires have decided that because there is still rain in the air, play won't get underway just yet. 

9:34pm

The rain has stopped! The latest time play can resume is 10:18pm, otherwise it'll be a washout. The umpires are out inspecting the pitch right now.

9:23pm

Still no update. We're past the point of losing overs now - should play resume that is.

8:48pm

No update on conditions. The rain is still drizzling, and the covers are out on the pitch. No word from the umpires and match officials about whether or not play will continue.

8:17pm

The rain's gotten heavier. The groundstaff are covering the pitch, this doesn't look good.

8:10pm: 9 overs, NZ 102/4 - Williamson 17*, Kitchen 1*

More rain now and this time the umpires call for the covers. Just as the Windies were beginning to fight back, hopefully the rain goes away quickly. 

8:06pm: 8.3 overs. NZ 97/4 - Williamson 14*, Kitchen 0*

WICKET! Another one falls but what a catch! Bruce looks to clear the front leg and hit through the leg side, instead Brathwaite flies to his right and plucks the ball out of the air one handed! Bruce out for three, New Zealand in a spot of troubel. Anaru Kitchen the next man in.

8:00pm: 7.1 overs, NZ 92/3 - Williamson 11*, Bruce 0*

WICKET! Badree comes back into the attack and strikes first ball. A flat leg break that Phillips plays back to, struck on the pad dead in front of the stumps. He goes for 10. Tom Bruce the new batsman.

7:51pm: 5.5 overs, NZ 78/2 - Williamson 8*, Phillips 0*

WICKET! This is brutal batting from Munro right now. Kesrick Williams comes into the attack, and is greeted with four boundaries in a row. He tries to go bigger on the fifth ball but he's caught on the boundary! Munro goes for 66 from just 23 balls. Glenn Phillips the new man. Rain starting to fall again.

7:44pm: 5 overs, NZ 67/1 - Munro 50*, Williamson 8*

First bowling change of the night, with Brathwaite bringing himself into the attack. Williamson takes a single to third man from the first ball of the over. Munro on strike now and he belts another six! Brathwaite responds with a full toss and Munro belts it for four through cover again!

He tries a bouncer now and Munro pulls for four through the leg side now! He's 45 from 16 balls - fifty partnership between these two now. Brathwaite responds with a wide. Four more from Munro, misfield in the deep. Brathwaite gets a yorker in next ball, but Munro gets a single to bring up his fifty from just 18 balls. Huge over, 21 runs from it.

7:34pm: 3 overs, NZ 32/1 - Munro 23*, Williamson 6*

Munro takes the attack to Cottrell's second over! The second ball of the over is deposited for six, before he goes again on the fourth ball! Munro's raced to 22 from just seven balls.

Seventeen runs from Cottrell's second over!

7:29pm: 2 overs, NZ 15/1 - Munro 8*, Williamson 4*

Samuel Badree to take the new ball from the other end. Williamson on strike, and he just pushes the first ball into a gap for two out to deep cover. He gets a single to mid on second ball, bringing Munro on strike for the first time in this innings. 

Badree's second ball to Munro is a full toss, and is wallopped through cover for four, first boundary of the evening. Munro goes inside out last ball of the over and gets four more! Aggressive start from the left hander!

7:23pm: 0.4 overs, NZ 3/1 - Munro 0*, Williamson 0*

WICKET! Guptill defends the first ball. Decent pace through from Cotterell. The second ball of the over is tucked off the batsman's hip and they do well to get back for two.

Fourth ball of the over and he's got him! Guptill's out caught behind! A wide ball that he has a wild swing at, taking the edge through to Walton behind the stumps. Guptill goes for two, Kane Williamson the new man.

7:19pm

Guptill and Munro stride out to the middle. Sheldon Cotterell will take the new ball first up, Guptill will be on strike.

7:17pm

The Windies are out on the park, and so are the umpires. The start of play is just moments away.

7:13pm

The umpires have given play the all clear. The first ball will be bowled at 7:20pm, no overs will be lost.

7:11pm

Things look to be getting better! The rain has stopped, and the groundstaff are out trying to get the field dry as quickly as possible. The umpires are inspecting the pitch. We should be good to start soon.

6:57pm

Bad news. The rain has gotten heavier and the covers are out on the pitch. The umpires are hopeful that it's just a passing shower, but we could be in for a bit of a delay.

6:43pm

It's starting to spit a few drops of rain, hopefully the bad weather stays away to get some cricket in.

6:35pm

Final teams to be confirmed shortly. New Zealand have made the one change, with Kane Williamson replacing Ross Taylor.

For the Windies, Shimron Hetmyer will debut in place of Jason Mohammed, while Sheldon Cotterell replaces Jerome Taylor in the bowling ranks.

6:32pm

It's a grey night in Tauranga, a nice cloud covering over Bay Oval. Both captains are out for the toss. Carlos Brathwaite calls correctly and the West Indies will bowl first.

PRE MATCH:

After a convincing win in the opening match in Nelson, New Zealand can seal the three match series with victory against the under strength Windies tonight.

The home side are bolstered by the return of Kane Williamson to the side, expected to slot in at number three in the batting order.

For the Windies, they'll be hoping their big guns fire, with the likes of Chris Gayle and Shai Hope yet to really register a score of note on this tour.

TEAMS:

NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Glenn Phillips, 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Anaru Kitchen, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Doug Bracewell, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Seth Rance.

WI: 1. Chris Gayle, 2. Chadwick Walton (wk), 3. Andre Fletcher, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Shimron Hetmyer 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Carlos Brathwaite (c), 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Sheldon Cotterell, 10. Kesrick Williams, 11. Samuel Badree

Colin Munro of the Black Caps runs a single during Second ODI Cricket  match, Blackcaps V West Indies, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23rd December 2017.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Colin Munro of the Black Caps runs a single during Second ODI. Source: Photosport



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.


'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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