Cricket: Rain interrupts New Zealand-England 1st Test

Rain interrupted play in the opening Test between New Zealand and England at University Oval on Friday, frustrating the Black Caps' effort to extend a big first innings lead.

New Zealand were 402 for seven when the umpires ordered players from the field, with Brendon McCullum unbeaten on 44 and Bruce Martin 17 not out, a 235-run lead.

The rain late on the third day raises the prospect that New Zealand will be unable to convert their commanding position into a win, as the entire first day was also abandoned due to bad weather.