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Heavy rain wipes out most of day two in Auckland... but there's enough time for Williamson to make history

England may well have to resort to rain dances in an effort to save this first Test in New Zealand and on Friday their every monsoon mambo was answered

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Rain wiped out most of day two at Eden Park

First Test, Auckland (second day of five) - England 58 (Boult 6-32), New Zealand 229-4 (Williamson 102); New Zealand lead by 171 runs with seven first-innings wickets in hand

England may well have to resort to rain dances in an effort to save this first Test in New Zealand and on Friday their every monsoon mambo was answered.

Little more than an hour-and-a-half’s play was possible on the second day of the encounter at Eden Park as heavy rain engulfed Auckland; a shower before tea preceding a full-on storm in the middle session which washed out any lingering hopes of live action among those fans brave enough to hang around under leaden skies.

In the few overs which were possible, the headlines were well and truly grabbed by Kane Williamson.

Starting the day unbeaten on 91, the New Zealand captain took just over 30 minutes to get the nine further runs he required to reach his century.

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Kane Williamson reached his century

A fumble in the slips from a late cut saw Williamson scamper through for a quick single, taking him to 18 Test tons, one more than the great Martin Crowe and current team-mate Ross Taylor and the most by any New Zealander.

Williamson was out soon after - trapped leg-before by a Jimmy Anderson in-ducker, which he unsuccessfully reviewed - but Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling ensured the captain’s wicket would not spark a collapse.

New Zealand led by 171, at 229 for four, when the players left the field an hour into the evening session.

The game may well be already out of England’s reach but, with Saturday looking fairly miserable as well, Mother Nature could still play a major part.

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