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Saturday, August 21, 1999 Published at 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK


Final Test on knife-edge

Chris Cairns celebrates after taking the morning wicket of Ed Giddins

New Zealand 236 and 162
England 153 and 91-2

The deciding Test is tantalisingly poised after a thrilling third day at The Oval.

England, needing 246 to win, had reached 91-2 by the close following a day in which 15 wickets fell.


[ image: A disconsolate Darren Maddy is the first to fall in England's second innings]
A disconsolate Darren Maddy is the first to fall in England's second innings
It was breathtaking entertainment in the sunshine for a packed house with the game swinging one way then the other.

The highlight was a swashbuckling 80 from New Zealand's Chris Cairns - but at the end of it all England had a chance to claim an unlikely series win.

Most of their hopes rest with opener Mike Atherton, 44 not out. He watched Darren Maddy and captain Nasser Hussain perish, but Graham Thorpe provided good support towards the end of the day.

Six-hitting

Cairns led a revival as New Zealand were all out in their second innings for 162, having been 39-6.


The BBC's Simon Mann: "It's been a fascinating, fluctuating day's play"
The 29-year-old all-rounder earlier helped wrap up England's first innings for just 153 and claim figures of 5-31.

He then tormented England with the bat before falling to a stunning reflex caught and bowled by Alan Mullally. Phil Tufnell was Cairns's favourite bowler, the Middlesex off-spinner disappearing for four sixes, including a huge one high into the pavilion.

Double strike

The Kiwis' batting was in tatters before Cairns took charge. The rot had set in when both openers fell in successive balls with the score on 15.

First Andrew Caddick had Matthew Bell caught at gulley by Ronnie Irani.


[ image: England hopes now rest on the experienced shoulders of Mike Atherton]
England hopes now rest on the experienced shoulders of Mike Atherton
Then debut man Ed Giddins, on first change for the wayward Mullally, pinned Matthew Horne leg before wicket on the back foot.

Seven runs later Irani was in the action again, clutching a spectacular catch as Nathan Astle drove at Giddins.

And with the score still on 22, Roger Twose was given out caught behind off Giddins. Clearly unhappy with the decision, he walked off shaking his head.

Wickets continued to tumble after lunch. Caddick had skipper Stephen Fleming caught by Graham Thorpe then he bowled Adam Parore. Craig McMillan put on 40 with Cairns before Mullally put his bad spell behind him and got him leg before for 26.

Cairns' departure soon after tea was a massive relief for England and Tufnell especially, who celebrated by picking up Daniel Vettori, caught at short-leg by Mark Ramprakash, and bowling Shayne O'Connor to complete the innings.


[ image: Ed Giddins snares Matt Horne during his remarkable morning spell]
Ed Giddins snares Matt Horne during his remarkable morning spell
Earlier it was a familiar story as England's hopes of closing on New Zealand's first innings total of 236 were blown away by Cairns and Vettori.

It was the fourth time in four Tests that New Zealand claimed a first innings lead. England have also failed to make 200 in any of their first innings in this series.

First to go was Mullally, snapped up one handed by Bell at short-leg, bat-pad off the bowling of Vettori. The young off-break bowler finished with figures of 3-46.

Ramprakash was caught behind off the inside edge in the next over for 30 and Giddins was plum leg before for nought.

Cornhill Insurance Fourth Test: England v New Zealand
21 Aug 99 at The Foster's Oval

Scorecard correct at 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK

England second innings 91 for 2 (27overs)
New Zealand second innings 162 all out (54overs)
England first innings 153 all out (80overs)
New Zealand first innings 236 all out (102.1overs)

England second innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MA Atherton not out 44 88 5 -
DL Maddy c Fleming b Nash 5 16 - -
N Hussain c Parore b O'Connor 9 24 1 -
GP Thorpe not out 28 37 5 -
Extras 2b 0lb 0w 3nb 5
TOTAL: 2 wkts, 27 overs 91

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (23 Maddy, 36 mins), 2-45 (22 Hussain, 31 mins)
Still to bat: A J Stewart, M R Ramprakash, R C Irani, A R Caddick, A D Mullally, P C R Tufnell, E S H Giddins

Bowler O M R W
C L Cairns 8 2 35 0
D J Nash 6 1 10 1
D L Vettori 8 3 22 0
S B O'Connor 5 1 22 1
New Zealand second innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MJ Horne lbw b Giddins 10 31 - -
MD Bell c Irani b Caddick 4 24 - -
SP Fleming c Thorpe b Caddick 4 29 - -
NJ Astle c Irani b Giddins 5 19 - -
RG Twose c Stewart b Giddins 0 7 - -
CD McMillan lbw b Mullally 26 42 3 -
AC Parore b Caddick 1 11 - -
CL Cairns c & b Mullally 80 93 8 4
DJ Nash not out 10 56 1 -
DL Vettori c Ramprakash b Tufnell 6 6 1 -
SB O'Connor b Tufnell 6 11 - -
Extras 0b 4lb 1w 5nb 10
TOTAL: 54 overs 162

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (15 Bell, 38 mins), 2-15 (0 Horne, 1 mins), 3-22 (7 Astle, 20 mins), 4-22 (0 Twose, 7 mins), 5-37 (15 Fleming, 25 mins), 6-39 (2 Parore, 7 mins), 7-79 (40 McMillan, 33 mins), 8-149 (70 Cairns, 74 mins), 9-156 (7 Vettori, 11 mins), 10-162 (6 O'Connor, 9 mins)

Bowler O M R W
A R Caddick 17 4 35 3
A D Mullally 11 2 27 2
E S H Giddins 10 3 38 3
P C R Tufnell 16 3 58 2
England first innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MA Atherton c Fleming b Nash 10 45 1 -
DL Maddy b Vettori 14 48 1 -
N Hussain c Bell b Cairns 40 111 2 -
GP Thorpe c Fleming b Cairns 10 22 1 -
AJ Stewart b Vettori 11 56 - -
MR Ramprakash c Parore b Cairns 30 110 2 -
RC Irani lbw b Cairns 1 4 - -
AR Caddick b O'Connor 15 49 1 1
AD Mullally c Bell b Vettori 5 36 - -
PCR Tufnell not out 0 1 - -
ESH Giddins lbw b Cairns 0 4 - -
Extras 1b 5lb 5w 6nb 17
TOTAL: 80 overs 153

Fall of wickets: 1-25 (25 Atherton, 57 mins), 2-29 (4 Maddy, 5 mins), 3-46 (17 Thorpe, 33 mins), 4-87 (41 Stewart, 74 mins), 5-91 (4 Hussain, 13 mins), 6-94 (3 Irani, 7 mins), 7-141 (47 Caddick, 63 mins), 8-153 (12 Mullally, 44 mins), 9-153 (0 Ramprakash, 8 mins), 10-153 (0 Giddins, 2 mins)

Bowler O M R W
C L Cairns 19 8 31 5
D J Nash 14 5 40 1
S B O'Connor 13 3 30 1
D L Vettori 33 12 46 3
N J Astle 1 1 0 0
New Zealand first innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MJ Horne c Caddick b Irani 15 82 2 -
MD Bell c Stewart b Mullally 23 97 1 -
SP Fleming not out 66 234 3 -
NJ Astle c Stewart b Caddick 9 14 1 -
RG Twose c Maddy b Giddins 1 20 - -
CD McMillan b Tufnell 19 30 2 1
AC Parore c Ramprakash b Tufnell 0 2 - -
CL Cairns b Mullally 11 19 2 -
DJ Nash c Ramprakash b Caddick 18 67 2 -
DL Vettori lbw b Tufnell 51 48 7 -
SB O'Connor lbw b Caddick 1 2 - -
Extras 9b 9lb 2w 2nb 22
TOTAL: 102.1 overs 236

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (39 Horne, 106 mins), 2-45 (6 Bell, 23 mins), 3-54 (9 Astle, 17 mins), 4-62 (8 Twose, 25 mins), 5-87 (25 McMillan, 36 mins), 6-87 (0 Parore, 0 mins), 7-104 (17 Cairns, 29 mins), 8-157 (53 Nash, 104 mins), 9-235 (78 Vettori, 78 mins), 10-236 (1 O'Connor, 3 mins)

Bowler O M R W
A R Caddick 33.1 17 66 3
A D Mullally 26 12 34 2
E S H Giddins 16 4 41 1
P C R Tufnell 16 3 39 3
R C Irani 11 3 38 1

England won the toss and decided to field

Umpires: G Sharp, S Venkataraghavan

England
M A Atherton , D L Maddy , N Hussain (capt) , G P Thorpe , A J Stewart (wkt) , M R Ramprakash , R C Irani , A R Caddick , A D Mullally , P C R Tufnell , E S H Giddins ,

New Zealand
M J Horne , M D Bell , S P Fleming (capt) , N J Astle , C D McMillan , R G Twose , C L Cairns , A C Parore (wkt) , D L Vettori , D J Nash , S B O'Connor ,





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