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Videos: England win the Cricket World Cup and fans go wild following Super Over drama

Eoin Morgan’s side beat New Zealand after scores end level in Lord’s final

ICC Cricket World Cup final
  • New Zealand first innings: 241-8  
  • England first innings: 241 all out 
  • New Zealand super over: 15-1 
  • England super over: 15-0 
  • England win in the Super Over

England have won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time after one of the most dramatic matches in cricketing history. 

In the final at Lord’s the result was decided on the final ball of the “Super Over” after both sides ended their innings on 241. In their extra six balls England scored 15-0 meaning New Zealand needed to hit 16 to win the trophy. 

Needing two runs from the final ball Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill scored a single before being run out. This meant that England won the World Cup having scored more boundaries during the match. 

Ben Stokes was the star of England’s innings, hitting 84 not out as the hosts chased 242 to win. He then came out to bat for the super over with Jos Buttler and the duo scored eight and seven runs respectively. 

In New Zealand’s super over England gave bowler Joffra Archer the responsibility and his first ball went for a wide. Jimmy Neesham scored 13 from five balls, but Guptill was unable to return for the two runs needed on the final delivery and the cup was England’s.

How the players reacted  

Ben Stokes, England

“I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work over four years, to get here and be champions of the world it’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done. Playing against New Zealand is always a great event, they are a seriously good team and really good lads. I said to [Kiwi captain] Kane Williamson I’ll be apologising for that for the rest of my life.” 

Joe Root, England 

“Wow! It’s hard to sum it up, what a day, what a tournament. Everyone has done everything asked of them. We have performed under pressure, it was almost written in the stars for Ben Stokes. He’s had such a tough time, I’m so proud of him and pleased for him and his family.”

Chris Woakes, England

“I am lost for words. I can’t believe what has happened. I can’t get my head around it. I thought it was gone needing 30 off 16. It has probably been the best day for cricket in this country. I feel like everything that has happened today is destiny.” 

Jonny Bairstow, England

“One hell of a game, it edged both ways and the way the guys came out in the super over was huge. We bowled well to be honest with you and they put us under a lot of pressure. It was tough. The way that Stokesy and Jos put that partnership together, that won us the game. What a spectacle! What an atmosphere. To play a World Cup final in front of friends and families, it was huge. Difficult to put into words.” 

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain

“Look, it certainly wasn’t for one extra run, there are so many parts in that match that could have gone either way. Congratulations to England, they had a fantastic campaign and deserve their victory. It’s been challenging, the pitches have been different. There was a lot of talk of 300+ scores but there hasn’t been much of that. We have showed heart and fight to get to this stage and a tie in the final - it wasn’t meant to be. The guys are shattered. It’s devastating. Tough to swallow.” 

Jimmy Neesham, New Zealand

“We knew we would have to fire a few shots. Credit to England for the way they stuck at it. On another day the coin may have fallen our way. We’ll look back in a couple of years and say this was a pretty good experience. That’s the way we are as Kiwis, we get par scores and then scrap like hell. We don’t blast teams off the park.”

How Twitter reacted to England’s win


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