England Are Cricket World Cup Champions!

England were crowned the Cricket World Cup champions for the first time ever after a dramatic win against New Zealand at Lords!

Going into the game it was going to be a first World Cup win for one of the sides. England had beaten five-time winners Australia in the semis, whilst New Zealand saw off two-times winners India.

In terms of final experience, it was New Zealand who would be more prepared. Kane Williamson’s side got to the 2015 final where Australia beat them by seven wickets. The last time England got there was in 1992 where they fell 22 runs short of Pakistan.

The two teams met in the last game of the group stages. England beat New Zealand comfortably by 186 runs, and many thought this would be another comfortable win.

New Zealand innings (241/8)

Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first. This was a debatable decision. One on hand England had chased four times in the World Cup this year and only won once. But on the other, the weather was overcast and their bowlers could have done a bit with the new ball.

New Zealand started well but lost Guptill, who looked like he was about to get going, after 6.2 overs. In came the captain and steadied the ship. He and Nicholls got the Kiwis to 103 before Williamson was caught out.

New Zealand put on a few smaller partnerships with Latham coming in and getting a much needed 47. Unfortunately, no one really pushed on with Williamson, Guptill and Taylor scoring 60 runs between them. By the time 50 overs were up, New Zealand was 241-8.

England was feeling confident with this total. They had the batting line up to reach this score, they just needed to not give away wickets easily.

England innings (241 all out)

The host nation knew if Bairstow and Roy could get one of their partnerships going they would be fine. Unfortunately though, by the time England got to 59 runs, they had lost their two openers. They needed Root and Morgan to steady the ship and put a few runs on the board.

But that certainly didn’t happen, the two got out for seven and nine and England were 86-4. The pressure was truly on England now and it looked as if it was going to be a big mountain to climb. Butler and Stokes though put on a partnership of 110 to give England hope.

Batters for England came and went but Stokes stayed until the very end and got his fair share of luck! He looked as if he was out when Boult caught him near the boundary, but the bowler fell back and his foot landed on the rope to give England six runs.

England then needed nine runs off three balls. Stokes looked like he had managed to run two runs but as the ball came back from the field it bounced off his bat and out for four overthrows. Six runs in total. Then at the last ball, England required two for a win, one for a draw and they managed just one.

We now had to go to a super over!

Super over!

Now, as the two teams drew on 241 runs each they went to a super over. One over each, two wickets each. If both sides were still drawing after the super over then it would go down to the side who had the most boundaries.

England batter first and in went Butler and Stokes. They got 15 runs from the over, a good score and a tough one for New Zealand to beat.

Archer would bowl the final over for England, a lot of pressure on the 24-year-old who had only made is England debut in April. New Zealand now needed 16 as England had scored 26 boundaries to there 17.

Archer’s first ball wasn’t ideal. He bowled a wide giving New Zealand a run and an extra ball. And then Neesham hit a huge six to put his team in the driving seat.

With only four balls left New Zealand needed an achievable seven runs. Good bowling from Archer though left them requiring two off the last ball. Guptill faced it and hit it well into the legside. Roy got the ball back in and Butler managed to stump Guptill before he made it back and England won the World Cup for the first time in their history!

The Ashes

Up next for the England cricket team is The Ashes. After a big win at the World Cup, they are the favourites on Paddy Power going into the test series. England are priced at 5/6 to win with Australia at 13/8. If you think it could go down to a draw that is priced at 5/1.