New Zealand vs England

Match info: New Zealand v England Test Series 2013 at Basin Reserve, Wellington - 2nd Test

Date: 17th Mar 2013 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: A Rauf and R J Tucker

Home team and score Away team score

New Zealand

254 All out (89.2 Overs)
162/2 (68.0 Overs)

Result

England

465 All out (146.5 Overs)

Match Drawn

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  • Farewell

    Thank you to all the hardy souls who joined me this evening and got involved in the conversation despite there being no cricket to talk about. We will hope for better weather at the third Test in Auckland.
  • Result

    So it will be winner takes all at the third Test in Auckland. It was previously thought that a decision on today would not be taken until late afternoon but things have been called of at just after 2pm local time. England will be bitterly disappointed after making the hosts follow on but the weather has had the last say and New Zealand escape.
  • MATCH DRAWN

    It's all over here, the umpires say no play will be possible today and the match is drawn.
  • Update

    And now for some less positive news - it is starting to drizzle again so the umpires will have to wait until this shower clears before going out again.
  • Update

    The umpires have just had a little look around and some areas of the outfield do look a little dodgy after all the rain. Still no word on a start time.
  • Cavalry arrives

    We are hearing the players have now arrived at the ground, and have promptly taken lunch. The rain is still holding off, so I will risk giving today the kiss of death by speculating that we could see some play after all.
  • Answer

    We're in the lap of the gods I'm afraid, Marc. The forecast looks a little better over the next few hours and at the moment it has actually stopped raining. But play is still some way off given the amount of water we have had fall, so I'm afraid all you can do is tuck into that kebab and wait for any updates to come.
  • Answer

    Good point Chris, especially considering what Tremlett did in the last Ashes series. If he can prove his fitness and form at the start of 2013 he has to be considered.
  • Answer

    Of course it is possible for eight wickets to fall in a session, just look to Sri Lanka's collapse against England in Cardiff a couple of years ago for an example. Secondly, there is barely anyone actually in the ground at the moment and finally, the players apparently have not left the hotel yet. As I've said before, it is very unlikely that we will get a positive result but we've got to give it every chance.
  • Answer

    It's completely up to you Sam! Even if we do manage to get some play the chances of the outcome being anything other than a draw are quite slim. Then again, do you want to go to bed and wake up to news of England rolling the Black Caps in two hours for a famous victory? I'll let you decide, but as soon as I get any updates I will let you know.

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