New Zealand v England, 2nd Test: Hosts dig in before rain comes

Last Updated: 17/03/13 9:55pm

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England's hopes of winning the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington took a blow as almost two full sessions were washed out on day four.

The hosts ended the day on 162-2 in their second innings after following on - a deficit of 49 - but took a big step towards avoiding defeat by losing just one wicket on a rain-hit day.

With miserable weather being forecast throughout the day the morning session was surprisingly completed in full, but only six overs were possible thereafter.

The tourists are still firmly in the driving seat but vital overs have been taken off the board and with more bad weather predicted on day five, they have precious little time to waste if they are to go 1-0 up with one more Test remaining.

James Anderson made the only breakthrough, having a careless Peter Fulton caught at first slip by Alastair Cook for 45 to end a stand of 56 with Kane Williamson.

On a pitch showing few signs of deterioration, Williamson (55 not out) duly dug in again for an unbroken partnership of 81 for the third wicket with Ross Taylor.

Williamson was quite content to defend as he inched his way beyond the half-century mark, with Taylor notably more aggressive in compiling an unbeaten 41.

The pair looked well set when the rain first started coming down during lunch, a delay which ultimately lasted four hours.

Williamson and Taylor may have thought they were done for the day but play resumed at 5.10pm local time. The downtime did not affect their focus, however, and the duo safely saw out six more overs before play was stopped for good.

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