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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiwis Draw Third Test, England Takes Series

MANCHESTER, England -- Martin Crowe, ably assisted by the famed Manchester rain, enabled New Zealand to draw the third and final Test against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday. A superb 115 by Crowe, begun on Saturday afternoon and one of the finest of the 17 Test centuries he has scored, frustrated England long enough in between showers for a draw to be finally agreed when rain returned again shortly before tea. New Zealand was then on 308 for seven, a lead of 77 after being forced to follow on. The draw left England 1-0 winner of the three-match series. The result was just reward for New Zealand's resilient fightback after collapsing to 132 for five on Saturday when needing 231 to make England bat again. Crowe, who scored 70 in New Zealand's first innings, received superb support from wicketkeeper Adam Parore who hit a Test-best 71 in a partnership of 141, a New Zealand record for the sixth wicket against England. Both were dismissed in the rain-shortened first session after New Zealand resumed at 253 for five, but further determined defiance by tailenders Matthew Hart, who made an unbeaten 16, and Dion Nash (six not out), held the England attack at bay long enough before the rain decided the issue. Crowe, in what he has said was his last Test in England, could not have played an innings more fitting of the occasion. He hit 15 boundaries and faced 237 in a stay of more than 5 1/2 hours, batting always in an imperious fashion that belied the desperate trouble his side was in. Without him, England would have wrapped up the match long before the rain dealt the deciding hand.