• Rain halts Kiwi momentum

    June 1, 2015
    BJ Watling

    Rain delayed New Zealand’s push for victory on the fourth day of the second Test against England at Leeds.

    England ended the day solidly on 44-0 after Brendon McCullum declared on 454-8 after smashing 116 runs in 16 overs on Monday at a rate of 7.25 runs per over.

    BJ Watling, 100 not out overnight, took his score to 120, and Tim Southee struck a quickfire 40. Meanwhile Mark Craig finished on 58 not out off 77 balls, including nine fours and a six.

    The declaration set Alastair Cook and his men a record target of 455 to win. The most any side has made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s, Antigua, in 2002/03.

    England’s corresponding record is 332 for seven against Australia at Melbourne back in 1928/29.

    England lead the two-match series 1-0 after their 124-run win in the first Test at Lord’s last week.

    Adam Lyth (24) and Cook (18) will continue England’s innings on the final day on Tuesday.

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