England win World Cup after thrilling drama

England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for the first time after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was tied twice.

New Zealand scored 241 for eight, England, after thriving on Ben Stokes (84 n.o.), was bowled out for 241. The World Cup’s summit clash was tied and a super-over was needed to break the stalemate at Lord’s.

England required 15 from the last over of the regular match. Ben Stokes hit a six and then benefited when a throw from the deep hit his bat as he dived for ground and was inadvertently deflected for four overthrows.

As a tense Sunday evening waned, England scored 15 with Stokes and Jos Buttler having a biff against Trent Boult. And guess what? New Zealand replied with 15 too, with James Neesham clouting a six off Jofra Archer in a mad over that ended once Martin Guptill got run-out while going for the winning run.

Yet, England prevailed as it had more boundaries (26) than what New Zealand (17) scored through the pulsating contest.

As Jason Roy’s throw came in from deep mid-wicket, a diving Guptill was short when Buttler removed the bails, sending England and the whole of Lord’s into delirious celebration.

Scoresheet:

NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill lbw b Woakes 19 (18b, 2×4, 1×6), Henry Nicholls b Plunkett 55 (77b, 4×4), Kane Williamson c Buttler b Plunkett 30 (53b, 2×4), Ross Taylor lbw b Wood 15 (31b), Tom Latham c sub (Vince) b Woakes 47 (56b, 2×4, 1×6), James Neesham c Root b Plunkett 19 (25b, 3×4), Colin de Grandhomme c (sub) Vince b Woakes 16 (28b), Mitchell Santner (not out) 5 (9b), Matt Henry b Archer 4 (2b, 1×4), Trent Boult (not out) 1 (2b); Extras (lb-12, w-17, nb-1): 30; Total (for eight wkts. in 50 overs): 241.

ENGLAND: Jason Roy c Latham b Henry 17 (20b, 3×4), Jonny Bairstow b Ferguson 36 (55b, 7×4), Joe Root c Latham b de Grandhomme 7 (30b), Eoin Morgan c Ferguson b Neesham 9 (22b), Ben Stokes (not out) 84 (98b, 5×4, 2×6), Jos Buttler c (sub) Southee b Ferguson 59 (60b, 6×4), Woakes c Latham b Ferguson 2 (4b), Liam Plunkett c Boult b Neesham 10 (10b, 1×4), Jofra Archer b Neesham 0 (1b), Adil Rashid (run out) 0 (0b), Mark Wood (run out) 0 (0b). Extras (b-2, lb-3, w-12): 17; Total (in 50 overs): 241.