England vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 4: Persistent rain delays New Zealand’s victory charge

The rain came just a few overs after lunch

The rain came just a few overs after lunch

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Heavy, persistent rain washed out a majority of the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley after New Zealand set England a target of 455 to win.

Starting out the day on 338/6, New Zealand batsman BJ Watling and spinner Mark Craig converted their 23-run partnership into a 53-run stand before Watling was brilliantly caught by Joe Root at third slip off the bowling of James Anderson.

Watling’s magnificent knock of 120 came off 163 balls and included 15 boundaries and a six.

Craig and Tim Southee kept the runs flowing with a 67-run partnership, during which Craig brought up his half-century, before Southee was caught by Anderson at long-on off the bowling of Moeen Ali for a quickfire 40.

Craig and Matt Henry added 19 more runs to the total before New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum decided to declare with his side on 454/8, which set England a target of 455 to win.

Craig ended up making 58 off 77 balls, which included nine boundaries and a six, while Henry remained undefeated on 12 off four deliveries, which included two sixes.

Craig smashed nine boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 58

Craig smashed nine boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 58

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Mark Wood was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Anderson and Stuart Broad snapped up two and Ali chipped in with one.

Chasing 455 to win, England got off to a solid start as Adam Lyth and skipper Alastair Cook amassed an unbeaten 44-run stand before the heavens parted.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring play an end for the day.

Lyth finished on 24 off 29 balls, which included four boundaries, while Cook stayed unbeaten on 18 off 49 deliveries, which included one boundary.

England ended day four on 44/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 09:30 GMT.

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