England vs New Zealand: Frustration for either side as incessant rain washes out Day 3 of Lord’s Check
London: England and New Zealand had been left kicking their heels within the Lord’s Pavilion after rain prevented any play on Friday’s third day of the primary Check.
The pitch and sq. remained absolutely coated all day and the umpires, following an inspection carried out whereas rain was nonetheless falling, introduced at 4.31 pm (1531 GMT) that there was no prospect of play earlier than the cut-off time for a re-start of 6 pm (1700 GMT).
Play is ready to renew at 11 am (1000 GMT) on Saturday, with 98 overs — versus the usual 90 — scheduled to be bowled in a bid to assist compensate for Friday’s lack of motion.
The match is intriguingly poised, with England 111-2 in reply to New Zealand’s first-innings 378 that featured debutant Devon Conway’s 200 — the best rating by a batsman making his Check bow in England.
England, 267 runs behind, slumped to 18-2 earlier than ending the second day with Rory Burns 59 not out and England captain Joe Root 42 not out following an unbroken stand of 93.
New Zealand appeared like batting England out of the sport whereas South Africa-born opener Conway and fellow left-hander Henry Nicholls (61) had been sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 174.
However they misplaced 4 wickets for simply six runs as they slumped from 288-3 to 294-7, with Mark Wooden, the quickest member of England’s tempo quartet, instigating a collapse.
In the meantime, Check debutant paceman Ollie Robinson led England’s assault with 4-75 within the first of this two-Check collection.
This match at Lord’s, the northwest London headquarters of Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC), marks the return of spectators to worldwide cricket in England after final season’s fixtures had been all performed behind closed doorways due to coronavirus restrictions.
The second Check is because of happen at Birmingham’s Edgbaston from 10-14 June.
New Zealand will then stay in England to face India within the inaugural World Check Championship last at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.
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