NZ vs Netherlands: T20I between New Zealand and the Netherlands at McLean Park in Napier, which was scheduled for today (March 25), had to be cancelled due to intermittent rain. It started raining about one-and-a-half hours before the scheduled start of play at 7.10 pm.
The rain stopped for 30 minutes after that but after inspection, the umpires expressed their dissatisfaction with the condition of the outfield and called for the abandonment of the match as the rain continued with the start and stop pattern.
The pattern of intermittent rain persisted, with the drizzle ceasing soon after, and the umpires scheduled another inspection at 8 pm. But barely 10 minutes before that, it began pouring again, prompting authorities to call the game off approximately 20 minutes later.
The Netherlands’ most recent T20I against a Test-playing country was against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup last year. Due to the cancellation of the lone T20I in Napier, the two captains were forced to share the trophy.
The tour now continues on to three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), the first of which takes place on March 29 in Mount Maunganui, followed by two matches in Hamilton.
The One-Day International will be part of the World Cup Super League, in which New Zealand and the Netherlands are at the bottom of the points table after only three and seven matches, respectively.
In order to prepare for the series, the men first played two warm-up matches and a T20 match, which was sadly abandoned due to rain, where the players were able to conclude their preparation in order to give it all via one T20I and three ODIs for the Super League.
NZ vs Netherlands Super League Series Fixtures
Friday, 25 March – One-off T20I (abandoned)
McLean Park, Napier
Tuesday, 29 March – 1st ODI
Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui
Saturday, 2 April – 2nd ODI
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Monday, 4 April – 3rd ODI
Seddon Park, Hamilton
New Zealand: Tom Latham (captain/wicketkeeper), Doug Bracewell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young
Netherlands: Pieter Seelaar (captain), Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards (wicketkeeper), Michael Rippon, Bas de Leede, Vikramjit Singh, Aryan Dutt, Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Ryan Klein, Clayton Floyd, Boris Gorlee, Shariz Ahmad