Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

England win maiden World Cup title after Super Over drama

England win maiden World Cup title after Super Over drama

Ben Stokes scored a sensational 84 not out before Jofra Archer held his nerve as England beat New Zealand on boundary count-back after a Super Over to win the World Cup for the first time in a nerve-shredding final at a spellbound Lord's in one of the most remarkable cricket matches of all time.

For a while, it looked as if India might have to chase a potentially tricky 148 off the 20 overs that would have constituted a game - a scenario that would have brought New Zealand's high-class seam attack into contention, and risked robbing India of a place in Sunday's Lord's final against either England or Australia.

It meant England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

New Zealand bowlers had troubled the England batting lineup and the hosts were reduced to 89 for 4 after 24 overs.

Henry Nicholls made 55 and Tom Latham chipped in with 47 but lack of significant partnerships hurt New Zealand, who eventually settled for a below-par total.

With 15 required off four balls, Stokes launched Trent Boult over the mid-wicket boundary for six. "We are delighted that we are lifting the trophy".

"Playing against New Zealand is always a great event".

Plunkett (3-42) earlier picked up the key wickets of Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (50), while Woakes (3-42) also impressed as England contained the Black Caps after losing the toss. "I know it's tempting to try to make a large profit but please give all genuine cricket fans a chance to go, not just the wealthy", Neesham wrote on his Twitter handle.

Morgan and his team-mates were cheered to the rafters by the ecstatic capacity crowd at Lord's as they joined Bobby Moore's 1966 footballers and Martin Johnson's rugby union team of 2003 as England's World Cup winners.

"The game of cricket is fickle in its nature especially when it comes to the white ball and Twenty20 and one-day cricket".

"My heart is still racing".

After the match, Stokes said it was "written in the stars".

"I'm pretty lost for words", he said. "I couldn't be more proud, pleased for him in particular".

Like this: