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England won the World Cup for the first time for hitting more boundaries
England won

England won the World Cup for the first time due to hitting more boundaries after tied scores in World Cup history’s first-ever Super Over forced a boundary count-back. The match went into Super Over wherein both the teams scored 15 each after hitting 241 runs apiece in their respective 50 overs. England scored 24 boundaries while New Zealand hit 16.

Today’s match

SO FAR…

  • New Zealand win the toss & opt to bat
  • England’s bowlers squeeze well amidst regular wickets
  • Black Caps reach 241/8
  • Stokes’ 84* takes the game to super over in the unbelievable finish
  • England win tied super over due to more boundaries in the match
  • England win the phenomenal, gripping final to record their first ever World Cup title
England won

England win the World Cup!

Squeezed to the leg & they only get back for one. Roy launches in above the stumps to Buttler, who whips off the bails to record the win.

Was that the greatest game of cricket of all time?! I think it most probably was.

Englandรขย€ย™s Eoin Morgan and teammates celebrate winning the World Cup.

Every period of this game has been drenched in drama & moments of brilliance & strangeness. There has never been a more dramatic match in this history of the game.

Stokes’ innings was crazy enough, with the ball deflecting off the bat in the final over & running away to the fence.

The super over was won by England due to a superior boundary count in the 50 overs. You just couldn’t write it. New Zealand is devastated out there, but the home side is going ballistic. What a way to sign off from CWC19.

The England players are soaking up the atmosphere in Lord’s, & some tearful players are doing the rounds with interviews.

It’s still hard to comprehend just how crazy this match has been.

Ben Stokes is the player of the Match!

The players are now being awarded their winners’ medals, & the crowd has predictably stayed to cheer on their heroes.

And something else predictable: Ben Stokes is Player of the Match!

“Pretty good innit? I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work that’s gone on in these four years, & to execute with such a good game is unthinkable. Thanks to everyone for all the support.

“We just kept talking during the partnership with Jos, & the run-rate wasn’t getting away, & in the last over when the ball hit the bat & went for four – I apologize to Kane for that. It’s fantastic, without the lads, the family, & the support, it’s just been incredible.”

“It certainly wasn’t one extra run. There were so many moments that could’ve gone either way, but congratulations to England – they’ve had an incredible campaign & they deserve it.

The pitches have been different from what was expected. No 300+ totals as expected. This NZ side showed a great amount of heart to get us to this point, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The guys are shattered at the moment – it is devastating.”

The England players have their medals around their necks, and there are some seriously big grins out there.

England skipper Eoin Morgan had this to say.

“I’d like to commiserate Kane and his team. The example that they lead is hugely commendable to him and his team. On a tough wicket where everyone found it tough to score. Buttler and Stokes put together a partnership, and I thought that would take us deep, and it did.

This has been a four-year- journey. To get over the line today means the world to us. I was being cooled down by Plunkett, which isn’t a good sign. Some of the support staff – not only the best in our team, but in the world, they really helped. Full credit to the two boys who went out for the super over, given that they were there most recently. Archer just improves every time he goes out there.”

Here is the moment it was won:

England are Champions

Excruciating for a magnificent New Zealand side, but the hosts got the rub of the green today. If you can find a sporting fixture better than this one, then I hope you enjoyed yourself. Because I could not, as a neutral, have enjoyed that any more than I did.

It’s been a pleasure bringing you coverage throughout CWC19. England will be riding on this wave for a long time now, & it’s well deserved.

Keep loving cricket, & farewell!