New Zealand vs England 1st Test Day 2: Rain spoils second day after Williamson makes history

Kane Williamson 102 New Zealand England 1st Test Day 2 Auckland cricket

Kane Williamson celebrates after scoring a record-breaking 18th Test century

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Even though only 23.1 overs of play were possible on the second day in Auckland due to persistent rain, it was enough for New Zealand captain Kane Williamson to etch his name into the record books.

Williamson struck a brilliant 102, which was his 18th century in the longest format and put him at the summit of the list of New Zealand players with the most Test hundreds as he surpassed the great Martin Crowe and Ross Taylor. In addition to this, it also extended the Black Caps’ lead over England to 171.

Starting off the day on 175/3, Williamson and Henry Nicholls added 31 runs to their 52-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his record-breaking century.

However, shortly after Williamson surpassed the triple-figure mark, England secured their only wicket of the day as James Anderson trapped the New Zealand skipper lbw for 102 off 220 balls, which included 11 boundaries and a six.

Williamson opted to review the decision, but it didn’t save him and he had to trudge back to the pavilion.

Nicholls and wicketkeeper BJ Watling managed to amass an unbeaten 23-run partnership before rain brought proceedings to an end for the day.

Nicholls finished on 49 off 143 balls, which included three boundaries, while Watling also struck three boundaries during his 20-ball 17.

Anderson continued to be the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Stuart Broad’s lone wicket was a special one as it was his 400th wicket in Test cricket.

New Zealand ended day two on 229/4 and will continue batting on Saturday at an earlier time of 13:30 local time or 00:30 GMT.

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