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South Africa clinches series after rain washes out last day

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Rain washed out the final day of the third cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa Wednesday, foiling the efforts of a depleted home team to win the test and level the three-match series.

Heavy rain fell throughout the night on Seddon Park, and when the players arrived for the scheduled start there were pools of water on the covers that sheltered the wicket block was significant pooling adjacent to the square and in the outfield.

South Africa was due to resume its second innings at 80-5, still 95 runs behind New Zealand with captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock both 15 not out. New Zealand needed five wickets to seal a series-leveling win.

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NZ, South Africa draw 3rd test when day 5 washes out

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) The fifth cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa was drawn Wednesday when rain washed out play on the fifth day. South Africa won the three-match series 1-0.

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Rain dogs final day of 3rd NZ vs South Africa test

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand's hopes of securing the win it needs to level the three-test series with South Africa receded when rain washed out the morning session Wednesday on the last day of the third test.

South Africa was due to resume its second innings at 80-5, 95 runs behind New Zealand with captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock both 15 not out. New Zealand hoped to quickly secure the last five wickets it needs to win the match and to level the series after the first test was drawn and South Africa won the second at Wellington by eight wickets. (MORE)

Rain delays start of day 5 in 3rd NZ vs. South Africa test

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Rain delayed the start of play Wednesday on the final day of the third test between New Zealand and South Africa, frustrating the home side's push for a win to tie the series.

South Africa was due to resume its second innings at 80-5, still trailing New Zealand by 95 runs, and with captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock both 15 not out. (MORE)

English city-based Twenty20 tournament moves a step closer

LONDON (AP) A proposed new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in England moved a step closer on Tuesday in what the England and Wales Cricket Board called a "watershed moment".

Desperate to secure another revenue stream and attract a new audience, the ECB wants to create a tournament of city franchise teams to rival India's IPL and Australia's Big Bash. (MORE)

Rain washes out Sri Lanka ODI against Bangladesh

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) Rain forced match officials to abandon Sri Lanka's second one-day international against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

With the match being recorded as a `no result', Bangladesh cannot now lose the three-match series after winning the opening international on Saturday by 90 runs. The final ODI will be played Saturday in Colombo. (MORE)

Kohli: No longer friends with Australia cricket team

DHARAMSALA, India (AP) The bad-tempered India-Australia cricket series has ended, and so has India captain Virat Kohli's friendship with the Australians.

Before the four-test series, clinched 2-1 by India on Tuesday, Kohli was praised by past and present Australian cricketers, and offered the same warmth in response. (MORE)

Sri Lanka wins toss and bats first vs Bangladesh in 2nd ODI

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to bat first against Bangladesh in the second one-day international on Tuesday.

Having to win the match to stay alive in the three-match series after a 90-run defeat in the first game, Sri Lanka made three changes. (MORE)

India win series from Australia 2-1 after 8-wicket romp

DHARAMSALA, India (AP) The inevitable end came quickly as India took the test cricket series from Australia 2-1 by romping to an eight-wicket win with a day to spare in the fourth test on Tuesday.

Starting the chase for a winning 106, from 19 without loss overnight, India needed only 18 more overs to reach 106-2 on the fourth morning. (MORE)

South Africa in trouble after day 4 collapse

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Kane Williamson's superb 176 almost exactly measured New Zealand's first-innings advantage over South Africa in the third cricket test Tuesday before a top order collapse left the Proteas' second innings in disarray at stumps on day four.

Under Williamson's guidance New Zealand achieved a 175-run first-innings lead, reaching 489 in reply to South Africa's 314. (MORE)