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Rain stymies New Zealand's victory bid

AFP logoAFP 01-06-2015
Covers are seen on the pitch as rain falls on the fourth day of the second Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Monday, June 1, 2015. © Jon Super/AP Photo Covers are seen on the pitch as rain falls on the fourth day of the second Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Monday, June 1, 2015.

New Zealand's hopes of forcing a series-levelling win in the second Test against England were dealt a blow after rain washed out most of the fourth day's play at Headingley on Monday.

The Black Caps thrashed England's bowlers for quick runs to leave the hosts facing a record chase to win the match. But England, set a huge target of 455 for victory, were 44 without loss when gentle but persistent rain stopped play.

In all, only 29 overs were possible on Monday -- 13 in England's second innings -- before the umpires called off play for the day at 4:59pm local time (1559 GMT).

New Zealand will now have a minimum of 98 overs on Tuesday's final day to take the 10 wickets they need to end the series all-square at 1-1 after their 124-run defeat in the first Test at Lord's last week.

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