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Monday, August 16, 1999 Published at 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK

Double blow for New Zealand

Kiwi flattened: David Thompson sends Martyn Croy's bails flying

New Zealand's preparations for the final Test against England suffered a blow when they slump to a crushing defeat at the hands of Essex in the last county match of their tour.

With the Oval Test starting on Thursday, the result will have done little for the tourists' morale.

And there was more bad news for New Zealand, with key bowlers Chris Cairns and Geoff Allott both struggling with injuries.

But for Essex, the victory earned them a £11,000 prize from sponsors Vodafone - and the prestige of being the only county side to defeat the Kiwis during the tour.

[ image: Ricky Anderson dismisses Roger Twose to end the contest]
Ricky Anderson dismisses Roger Twose to end the contest
Ricky Anderson was the star of the day with the ball at Chelmsford, taking four wickets for 39 from 16.5 overs.

New Zealand, who started the final day in big trouble on 94 for four, required a further 163 to make their hosts bat again.

But only Roger Twose offered any real resistance as they were dismissed for 217.

Twose hit 12 boundaries on his way to 91, before he was last man out - caught in the gully by Tim Walton off a lifting Anderson delivery.

Eighteen-year-old left-arm spinner Tim Phillips also captured two wickets, while the others were shared by David Thompson, Danny Law and acting skipper Ronnie Irani.

Double fitness blow

The Kiwis were without all-rounder Cairns, who played a key role in the Kiwis' impressive displays in the last two Tests.

He is nursing a knee injury and will receive intensive treatment over the next two days in a bid to regain fitness for the Oval decider.

Allott, who has a back problem, is in a similar situation.

As soon as the match had finished, 30 minutes after lunch, both players left the ground for London, where they will receive medical attention.

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