Rain helps Black Caps claim T20 series win

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 08:33 28/06/2013

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New Zealand will head home from England with two series wins under their belt after claiming the spoils from the Twenty20 leg of their cricket tour today.

Brendon McCullum's men clinched a 1-0 series win when today's second and final Twenty20 was abandoned because of persistent evening rain in London.

Having lost the toss and been inserted by McCullum, England were 2-1 when the players left the field after just two balls had been bowled at The Oval.

Left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan claimed the wicket of Michael Lumb, caught at head height by McCullum at second slip, after the left-handed opener had tucked the first ball of the match away for two.

The players and umpires promptly followed Lumb off the field and they weren't able to return.

The covers were peeled off about 7am NZT and an inspection was scheduled with a view to re-starting but the rain returned and the covers were wheeled out again.

New Zealand also won the one-day series, 2-1, but were disappointing in the most significant two legs of the tour; they comprehensively lost the test series 2-0 and were bundled out of the Champions Trophy one-day tournament at the group stage.

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