17 Nov 2016

No play for Black Caps but White Ferns victorious

4:45 pm on 17 November 2016

Any hope of play has been abandoned on the opening day of the first cricket test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Christchurch.

Sporadic rain throughout the day meant no play was possible with the umpires officially calling things off at 4pm.

Groundstaff at Hagley Oval.

Groundstaff at Hagley Oval. Photo: Photosport

Play will start half an hour earlier tomorrow at 10.30am with the toss due to take place at 10.00am.

Up to 98 overs will be bowled on each day of the raining four days.

The weather is expected to clear on Friday and remain fine for the remainder of the match.

Meanwhile the New Zealand women's cricketers have crushed Pakistan by seven wickets in the fourth one-dayer in Nelson to gain direct entry to next year's World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Suzie Bates celebrates 50 runs during the T20 International vs Australia in Wellington.

White Ferns captain Suzie Bates. Photo: Photosport

The White Ferns won the toss and put Pakistan into bat, before bowling the tourists out for 158 in the 49th over.

New Zealand then stormed through their run chase, reaching the victory target with more than 27 overs to spare.

The hosts finished on 162 for three in the 23rd over of their innings.

The White Ferns now lead the five-match series four-nil, but more importantly today's triumph means they've cemented their place in next year's World Cup.

Games three, four and five counted towards the International Cricket Council's Women's Championship standings and the White Ferns needed to win two of those matches to avoid having to go through a qualification tournament to gain entry to next year's World Cup.