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Sunday, August 22, 1999 Published at 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK


England hit all-time low

Dion Nash celebrates taking the wicket of Alec Stewart

New Zealand 236 and 162
England 153 and 162
New Zealand win by 83 runs


The BBC's Simon Mann: "England finished the summer at one of their lowest points ever"
England slumped to a humiliating series defeat after New Zealand romped to victory on the fourth day of the final Test at The Oval.

The result means England have now plummeted to the bottom of the Wisden international rankings and are statistically the worst Test team in the world.

But for New Zealand it was an emotional day, as they achieved only their second series triumph in England.


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Most of the damage was done in the morning when England suffered a familiar batting collapse.

And the three remaining wickets were wrapped up in double-quick time after lunch, as the Kiwis claimed a deserved series win after dominating the summer with a refreshing brand of team-oriented cricket.

England lost their last eight wickets for 39 runs in the space of just 105 deliveries.

The manner of the defeat was abject, but despite the boos directed at England, captain Nasser Hussain refused to criticise his players

"I'm proud of the way we fought," he said. "We lost to a better team.

"If we fight like that we won't go far wrong as a team."

Kiwis in charge throughout

Before the series New Zealand had been billed as lambs to the slaughter - the perfect opponents for an England team looking to rebuild its credibility.


[ image: Mike Atherton: His departure sparked a monumental collapse]
Mike Atherton: His departure sparked a monumental collapse
Instead the tourists have dominated the four-match contest, winning 2-1. But for a sloppy finish at Edgbaston and rain at Old Trafford, they could have whitewashed England 4-0.

New Zealand's success throughout the summer has been based on individuals rising above the mediocre standard on display and producing inspired performances.

On the second day at The Oval it was Daniel Vettori, on Saturday it was man of the match Chris Cairns - and this time it was Dion Nash's turn to pick up the gauntlet.

Nash ripped the heart out of England's second innings, taking three wickets in the space of two overs - including two in successive balls - with a full-blooded spell of pace bowling.

England, who had started so steadily, never recovered from that treble setback.

The batting, which has been the major failing throughout the series, again capitulated when the pressure was on.


The BBC's Simon Mann: "What a calamity for England"
Seasoned campaigners like Mike Atherton, Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart and Mark Ramprakash failed to provide the resistance against a battling Kiwi effort.

A host of experienced players will now be nervously waiting to discover whether they have survived when the squad for the winter tour of South Africa is announced later this week.

Steady start

England went into the fourth day as slight favourites, after Atherton and Thorpe had led them to 91-2 at the close on Saturday, chasing a victory target of 246.


[ image: New Zealand celebrate a thoroughly deserved 2-1 series win]
New Zealand celebrate a thoroughly deserved 2-1 series win
But after they had safely negotiated the opening onslaught, Thorpe edged a Shayne O'Connor delivery to the slips, where the safe hands of Stephen Fleming claimed yet another excellent catch.

It was the fourth time in the series that Thorpe, who earlier made the surprise announcement he would not be touring South Africa this winter, had been caught in the slips.

He made 44 and added 78 with Atherton for the third wicket - equalling the highest partnership in a see-saw match.

At that stage England still had a great chance of reaching their target.

But as so often in recent years, the dismissal of Atherton proved decisive.

With the former captain at the crease, the team had looked well placed to win a fascinating match, but he mistimed a pull shot off Nash and was caught behind off a thin inside edge.

Much had also been expected of Ramprakash, one of the few English batting successes in the last two games, but Nash saw him off the very next ball.

The hapless Alec Stewart - possibly in his last Test - then directed a pull shot straight to square leg and there looked to be no way out for England.

Sprint finish

The departure of Andy Caddick in the last over of the morning saw the home side take lunch at 157-7.

At that stage, England's desperate hopes rested with the last recognised batsman, all-rounder Ronnie Irani - but the end came all too swiftly after the resumption.

Irani was dismissed by Vettori's first ball after the break and Phil Tufnell was run out in comical fashion that summed up England's desperate plight.

And when Alan Mullally holed out in the deep off New Zealand's player of the series Cairns, England's humiliation was complete.


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

New Zealand beat England by 83 runs

Scorecard correct at 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK

England second innings 162 all out (56.1overs)
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 c Parore b Nash 64 158 8 -
DL Maddy c Fleming b Nash 5 16 - -
N Hussain c Parore b O'Connor 9 24 1 -
GP Thorpe c Fleming b O'Connor 44 71 6 -
AJ Stewart c Bell b Nash 12 29 2 -
MR Ramprakash c Parore b Nash 0 1 - -
RC Irani c Parore b Vettori 9 28 1 -
AR Caddick c Bell b Vettori 3 5 - -
AD Mullally c Twose b Cairns 3 11 - -
PCR Tufnell run out 1 1 - -
ESH Giddins not out 0 - - -
Extras 2b 3lb 0w 7nb 12
TOTAL: 56.1 overs 162

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (23 Maddy, 36 mins), 2-45 (22 Hussain, 31 mins), 3-123 (78 Thorpe, 100 mins), 4-143 (20 Atherton, 40 mins), 5-143 (0 Ramprakash, - mins), 6-148 (5 Stewart, 9 mins), 7-157 (9 Caddick, 9 mins), 8-160 (3 Irani, 14 mins), 9-161 (1 Tufnell, 1 mins), 10-162 (1 Mullally, - mins)

Bowler O M R W
C L Cairns 15.1 3 50 1
D J Nash 14 3 39 4
D L Vettori 16 6 36 2
S B O'Connor 11 3 32 2
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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