England win Cricket World Cup for first time after Ben Stokes heroics against New Zealand

England win Cricket World Cup for first time after Ben Stokes heroics against New Zealand


England won their first ever Cricket World Cup after a tense match at Lord’s.

The final was settled in incredible fashion, after the contest ended in a tie and was therefore decided in a one-off ‘Super Over’.

England set the Black Caps 16 runs to win the World Cup in their six deliveries, but they could only manage 15.

Captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup trophy as England hit more boundaries.

New Zealand came incredibly close to their first ever World Cup win.But they have now finished as runners-up in two World Cups in a row.

England hero Ben Stokes said he was lost for words after the match.

“All the hard work over the last four years, to get here and be champions of the world is an amazing feeling,” he said.

“Playing against New Zealand is always going to be a battle.”

Opening batsman Jonny Bairstow hailed Stokes and Jos Buttler, claiming it was their partnership that won England the match.

He said: “Elated. But first of all, massive commiserations to the New Zealand boys.

“It was one hell of a game – edging one way, then another. They’ve had one hell of a tournament.

“The way the guys came out in that Super Overs, and Stokesy was huge. Stokesy and Jos’ partnership won us the game at the end of the day.

“What a spectacle. What an atmosphere! To play at Lord’s is one thing, but to play a World Cup final at Lord’s is a completely different matter.”

New Zealand set England 242 to win the final after their initial innings, which was a decent batting performance on a tricky pitch.

The Black Caps then put England under immediate pressure with the early dismissal of England juggernaut Jason Roy.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow shortly fell afterwards after a long spell without a boundary.

England captain Morgan was subsquently caught exceptionally by Lockie Ferguson, as England’s chances of winning the match took a dramatic fall.

A monumental partnership between Stokes and Buttler brought them back into the game mid-innings, however.

Buttler scored 59 runs from just 60 balls, while Stokes was England’s man of the match once again.

He hit 84 runs from 98 balls, and was crucial in England’s final few overs to catch up with New Zealand.

That left England on 242 after their innings, with the match headed to a ‘Super Over’.

Both teams had just six deliveries to score has many runs as possible, with the winner taking the trophy.

England relied on Stokes and Buttler for their Super Over. The pair hit two boundaries, but still managed to score 15 runs, setting New Zealand 16 runs to win.

Despite an early wide delivery from Jofra Archer, the Black Caps could only make 15 runs, leaving England as World Cup winners because they hit more boundaries in the match.

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