England's Twenty20 tour fixture against a New Zealand XI lasted a mere 9.1 overs before rain had the final say at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei on Monday.
Fast bowler Stuart Broad, sidelined by a heel injury since November 2012, was deemed fit enough to captain the team, while Luke Wright was also named in the XI after recovering from a hand injury sustained during practice late last week.
Seamer Chris Woakes took the aborted encounter's lone wicket, removing opener Hamish Rutherford for 21. Fellow right-armer Steven Finn, meanwhile, copped plenty of expense en route to figures of none for 22 in three overs.
"Miserable start to the tour. Rained off after 9 overs. Are we in England?" tweeted Finn after the match. The fixture was subsequently rescheduled for Tuesday.
A second Twenty20 match against the same opposition at the same venue will follow on Wednesday, with the three-match T20I series underway at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. The uncapped James Harris, meanwhile, has been added to England's T20I squad as cover for the injured Stuart Meaker, who is nursing a stiff neck.