Rain delays England's win against New Zealand in 2nd Test match at Leeds

Graeme Swann (left) celebrates after dimsissing Tim Southee © Getty Images

Leeds: May 28, 2013
 
England picked two wickets in the rain-interrupted first session to move closer to a 2-0 win as heavy rain forced umpires to call for an early lunch. New Zealand are 219 for the loss of eight wickets on Day Five of the second Test at Leeds.
 
Unless the weather intervened this was always going to be England’s match. Stuart Broad took England one step ahead by latching on to a sharp return catch to dismiss skipper Brendon McCullum for just one run in the third over of the day.
 
In less than 10 overs since the day’s play, a light drizzle and dark clouds gave an indication of things to come. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner added a few runs before Southee was dismissed by Graeme Swann for 38 to give the off-spinner a five-wicket haul.
 
With just 45 minutes of play on the fifth day, heavy showers resumed and the umpires called an early lunch.
 
Had Cook enforced follow-on, The Kiwis would have been bowled out long time back and the two teams would be shifting their attention to the ICC Champions Trophy.
 
With low attendance on the final day, spectators were allowed free entry to the ground.

Brief scores

England 354 & 287 for 5 dec. (Alastair Cook 130, Jonathan Trott 72*; Kane Williamson 3 for 68) lead New Zealand 174 & 218 for 8 (Ross Taylor 70, Hamish Rutherford 42; Graeme Swann 5 for 90, Stuart Broad 2 for 26) by 249 runs.

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