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Friday, August 20, 1999 Published at 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK


Vettori frustrates England

Stephen Fleming is felled by an Andew Caddick bouncer

Daniel Vettori led a late innings revival before England finally dismissed New Zealand for 236.


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The home side then made 24 without loss by lunch on the second day of the fourth and final Test at the Oval.

Spinner Vettori shared a 78-run ninth wicket partnership with skipper Stephen Fleming in fine south London sunshine.

His attacking innings provided England with a second successive frustrating morning session until he fell lbw to Phil Tufnell for 51.


[ image: Tufnell celebrates as the ttroublesome Vettori is dismissed]
Tufnell celebrates as the ttroublesome Vettori is dismissed
Fleming needed treatment for several minutes after suffering an agonising blow on the shoulder from an Andrew Caddick bouncer in the day's first over.

But he batted on and finished unbeaten on 66, a gutsy display in an inninngs reduced to 170 for eight on the first day, but given respectability by the skipper and his young no 10 batsman.

It actually looked as though Vettori was going to catch Fleming's total as he slashed a couple of balls past the slips but also played some fine shots off the back foot.

England's familar problem of failing to remove a tail-ender was finally over when when a turning ball from Tufnell hit Vettrori's pad.


[ image: Caddick: Third wicket was well-deserved]
Caddick: Third wicket was well-deserved
Umpire Venkat gave him out despite some doubt about whether the ball would have spun past the stumps.

Caddick wrapped up the innings just after an hour's play on Friday, trapping last man Shayne O'Connor when he padded up for one.

Tufnell finished with three wickets for 39 and Caddick was unlucky not to get better than three for 66.

Early scare for Atherton

England debutant Darren Maddy was then thrust into the action, as the latest opening partner for veteran former captain Mike Atherton.

The pair had just two singles on the board when they suffered their first fright.

The hostile Chris Cairns appealed for caught behind against Atherton in the third over but umpire George Sharp rejected the appeal.

For Atherton it was a double reprieve because the ball diverted off his pad and missed the top of the off stump by a whisker.

Debutant Darren Maddy solidly kept out a yorker from Cairns and got a glare from the bowler.

Sharp appeared to say something to Cairns and he walked back to his mark for the next delivery.

The openers did nothing adventurous as they reached the break, 212 runs behind the tourists as both sides battle to avoid Test cricket's wooden spoon.





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