Cricket: Play abandoned in New Zealand-England 1st Test

Play was abandoned due to rain on the third day of the opening Test between New Zealand and England at University Oval Friday, frustrating the Black Caps' effort to extend a first innings lead.

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

The rain 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.