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New Zealand win at Lord's: 1999 Published: 09 May 2013

New Zealand win at Lord's: 1999

New Zealand's only Test victory in 15 attempts at Lord's came in 1999, back when the Home of Cricket was England's bogey ground.

"England arrived at Lord's promising to debunk the theory that they are never more vulnerable than at the Home of Cricket. They departed in something approaching disarray, having done nothing but support the legend that had built up around their performances at Lord's during the 1990s."

So began Wisden's report into a nine-wicket win for the touring Black Caps, their first at Lord's in a 70-year Test history and their only victory in NW8 to-date. It was England's sixth defeat of the decade at Lord's and their third in five matches since beating the West Indies in 1995.

That summer was England's nadir, with new skipper Nasser Hussain booed on the balcony at the Oval after they crashed to a 2-1 defeat and bottom of the world Test rankings, but it was a fine New Zealand team who enjoyed their time in the limelight.

1999 - England v New Zealand - Test Series review

Fresh from a typically dogged performance in the 1999 World Cup, when they reached the semi-final, Stephen Felming's side had a settled look; industrious, tight-knit and sprinkled with stardust in the shape of Chris Cairns and a young Daniel Vettori.

A new look England, who had sacked captain Alec Stewart after a poor World Cup campaign had ended in the group stages, had won a topsy-turvy first Test in Birmingham, made famous for Alex Tudor's 99 not out as nightwatchman.

But after Hussain won the toss at Lord's, Cairns inspired a typical England 90s middle-order collapse - Graham Thorpe, Mark Ramprakash and youngsters Aftab Habib and Chris Read all dismissed in single figures as the Kiwi all-rounder took 6/77. Read's wicket, out ducking a Cairns slower ball, has gone down in cricketing folklore:

Chris Cairns slower ball

Hussain was the last man out for England, battling to 61, but broke his finger fielding at gully as Matt Horne's steady century at the top of the order helped build a match-winning platform for the tourists. Horne, who was later named man-of-the-match, stonewalled his way to an even ton, and there were useful cameos from among others, the flamboyant Nathan Astle and Vettori, who gave some indication of the all-rounder he would later become with a stylish half century.

With their captain injured, a long tail and a deficit of 170 to overcome against a good attack, England were always behind the eight-ball. The fact that Andy Caddick finished top scorer in their innings of 229 summed up England's efforts and the discipline New Zealand's attack showed with the ball.

Matthew Bell hit the winning runs just before 5pm on the fourth day of the match to spark rampant Kiwi celebrations and write a piece of history which today seems as far away as a previous millennia.


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