Rain brings early end to second test, New Zealand win series

Cricket - New Zealand v England - Second Test - Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand - December 3, 2019 New Zealand's Kane Williamson and England's Ben Stokes during the match REUTERS/Ross Setford

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Rain washed out the final two sessions of the second test between New Zealand and England at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday with the match ending in a draw and giving the hosts a 1-0 series victory.

New Zealand were 241-2 in their second innings and holding a 140-run lead when rain started to fall at 1:55 p.m. (0055 GMT) forcing the players from the field.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Paul Wilson called the game off at 4:00 p.m. Ross Taylor was on 105 not out, while captain Kane Williamson was on 104 when play was abandoned.

New Zealand won the first match of the two-test series at Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui by an innings and 65 runs.

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