Rain plays spoilsport

Birmingham, June 19:

The second limited-overs international between England and New Zealand was abandoned because of persistent rain on Wednesday and declared a no result.

New Zealand only needed to face six more balls to have the match, but the umpires waved the players off with the Black Caps on 127-2 after 19 overs and the covers were brought on. Under the revised target using the Duckworth-Lewis system to determine rain-reduced matches, New Zealand only needed to reach 134-2 in 20 overs to win.

Earlier, England were 162 all out after being sent into bat by New Zealand after a four hour, 15 minute rain delay. The innings was originally reduced to 29, but that was lowered to 24 after a rain delay mid-innings. Players took a 30 minute break between innings and New Zealand’s revised target was 165.

England opener Luke Wright scored 52 from 38 balls, including two sixes and four boundaries and England captain Paul Collingwood also boosted the score with 37. Geoff Elliott took 3-23 on his New Zealand ODI debut and Tim Southee had two wickets in two balls in the final over to finish with 2-35. Kevin Pietersen only scored 13 when Vettori caught him off Michael Mason.

In reply, New Zealand opener Jamie How (16) tried to clip Stuart Broad to the leg side, but it went straight to Shah at short midwicket. Ross Taylor (25) then put on 54 with Brendon McCullum before he was caught by Collingwood, leaving New Zealand at 79-2, needing 82 runs to win. McCullum finished unbeaten on 60 and Scott Styris 19 not out when play was stopped.