New Zealand v England: Captain Kane Williamson breaks century record on rain-hit day

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Only one wicket fell and just 54 runs were scored in the day
bbc.comCaptain Kane Williamson completed a New Zealand record 18th century as rain disrupted much of day two of the first Test against England in Auckland.Only 23.1 overs were bowled with Williamson, who resumed on 91, completing his ton before being trapped lbw by James Anderson for 102.That was the only wicket to fall as the hosts increased their lead to 171 after England were all out for 58 on day one.
Play was eventually abandoned in the final session with the score 229-4.
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Williamson's moment of history

Williamson is fourth in the world batting rankings behind Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Joe RootWilliamson did much of the hard work on day one but as England again struggled to create opportunities early on day two, the 27-year-old continued without concern to three figures.He is fourth in the Test batting world rankings and has made an imposing start to the series so it was a surprise when the right-hander was dismissed, although he received a good ball from Anderson which seamed back off the pitch and was going on to hit the top of middle stump.The New Zealand century record may change hands several times between Williamson and 34-year-old team-mate Taylor in the coming years.Williamson was the first to match Crowe's mark, set in 1994, when he scored a century against South Africa in March 2017, with Taylor notching his 17th against Pakistan last December.
The day's 'farcical' ending

There was only one hour 40 minutes of playPlay was halted for the final time at 03:50 GMT but it took more than four hours for the day to officially be ended, just after 21:00 local time, which led to boos from the few spectators who had remained in the ground.The umpires had hoped to resume play at 06:00 GMT for the start of the final session but there was a heavy downpour just as the players were about to take to the field.There were two later pitch inspections before play was abandoned, one at 07:30 and another just 30 minutes later, leading to former England spinner Vic Marks calling the situation a "farce" on Test Match Special.Further rain is forecast for the three remaining days and more lost time could be England's only hope of avoiding defeat in the match.
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