It's a wash-out as NZ v OZ ODI abandoned

2017-02-02 08:40
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson inspects the playing surface at McLean Park (Getty Images)

Napier - The second limited-overs international between New Zealand and Australia was abandoned on Thursday after umpires decided the outfield was unplayable because of morning rain.

Many in the crowd at McLean Park booed and jeered when the decision was finally announced just before 19:00 local time, five hours after the scheduled start of play.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka and Chris Brown of New Zealand had announced a toss time several hours earlier, and indicated each innings would be shortened to 37 overs from 50.

But after a fifth inspection of the ground, the umpires deemed it too dangerous to play.

It's not the first time wet grounds have forced matches to be abandoned at McLean Park. ODIs in 2013 against West Indies and 2016 against Pakistan were called off when the outfield failed to dry in time after downpours, despite long hours of dry weather.

New Zealand lead the three-match series after winning in Auckland by six runs.

The final match in the series is scheduled for Hamilton on Sunday.

Read more on:    new zealand  |  australia  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Who will win the 4-Test series between hosts South Africa and visitors England over Xmas, New Year and into January 2020?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.