2019 ICC Cricket World Cup FINAL | England v New Zealand | LIVE from Lord’s

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup FINAL | England v New Zealand | LIVE from Lord’s

6:50pm AEST | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
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47 matches down… only 1 to go.
The 46th day of 2019 ICC World Cup brings us to the Home of Cricket, Lord’s – just a short drive across town from where the tournament started 45 days ago, at The Kia Oval – as two teams embark upon a history making day in London, as we await the crowning of a first-time World Champion in the game of Cricket.

The West Indies, India, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the only teams to have won Cricket’s World Cup before, but today, either England or New Zealand will add their name to the honour roll.

It’s the 12th ICC Cricket World Cup Final – the fifth to be staged at Lord’s – England against New Zealand, right here on Zak Sports.

Good evening everyone. Welcome to our coverage of the 2019 World Cup Final, LIVE from Lord’s, on a massive Sunday of sport in the United Kingdom… of course, later tonight, the Men’s Final at Wimbledon, and of course, the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, but our focus is on the Cricket, and will be for the next nine hours.

It’s the final we weren’t expecting… England, in their fourth World Cup Final (1979, 1987 and 1992), against New Zealand’s Black Caps, in their second consecutive final.
As we’ve detailed, neither team has won this trophy before, so history awaits tonight.
Both sides will be hopeful of winning this match, but only one can… the only way the trophy can be shared is if rain prevents us from reaching a result.

New Zealand come here full of confidence after defeating India on Wednesday… while it wasn’t their most comprehensive win of the tournament, it was their most impressive.

They lost their last three matches in the group stage, but qualified for the finals by virtue of having a superior NRR (Net Run Rate) over Pakistan, and then turned that slump of form around, over two days, in their semi-final against India.

In the group stage, England smashed New Zealand, winning by 119 runs at Chester-Le-Street, in what was New Zealand’s worst loss of the tournament, but that means nothing tonight… this is a completely different stage, with a lot more at stake!

England – well they absolutely dismantled their old foe the other night, which made up for their loss to Australia in the group stage three weeks ago, and having defeated India, New Zealand and Australia in their last three matches, they’ve hit their stride now, after an unsettling start to the tournament, where we saw them drop matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

As we countdown to the toss of the coin, here’s a look back at the path both teams took to the finals.

We’ve spoken about New Zealand at length, but just on England – they were impressive against South Africa… they’ve posted the highest scores of the tournament, against Bangladesh and Afghanistan… it was said before the tournament that the team who beats India will win the tournament, and they did that in the group stage, right when they needed to, with their semi-final spot in jeopardy.

We’re gonna look back at the semi-finals in just a moment, and then we’ll have the toss, the two teams and LIVE play. Stay with us!

7:05pm | Hello again from Lord’s, where the stage is set for the World Cup Final – the fifth time it’s been staged at this cathedral of Cricket, and the first since Australia dismantled Pakistan in 1999.

Speaking of dismantling, that’s exactly what England did to Australia the other night.
Prior to Thursday, England had won three of the previous six meetings between the two teams at Edgbaston, and the other three were ruined by weather, and Australia entered the match looking for their first win over England at that venue since 1993, and they’re still looking.

Australia were on the ropes at 3/14, and despite the best efforts of Steve Smith and Alex Carey, they never recovered, and were bowled out for 222 at the end of the 49th over.

Given that Australia’s top order had done the heavy lifting so far in this tournament, getting Finch and Warner early was vital for England, and proved decisive in the end… Handscomb and Stoinis did NOT fire, and the woes of the middle-order will be something for Australia to address before they next play ODI Cricket.

While we were hoping that the pitch was similar to that at Old Trafford – one that didn’t favour batsmen – England shot that theory out of the water very early in their run chase.

England chased the target down with 107 balls to spare – scoring at 7 runs an over in the process.
Jason Roy was the standout, but was dismissed in rather controversial circumstances.
He was given out, caught behind, but didn’t hit the ball, and because Jonny Bairstow wasted England’s review, he was unable to review the decision, and after an argument with the umpires, he reluctantly made his way back to the pavilion.
Roy was later fined 30% of his match fee for that indiscretion.

Here’s a look at that semi-final, and a reminder of how New Zealand accounted for India the day before… again, the key was the start – India were 4/24 after 10 overs, and it was always going to be hard to fight back from there… in the end, it was too hard.

Back with the toss and the two teams in just a moment – the toss was pushed back to 10:15am Local Time (7:15pm AEST), as we gear up for the start of the 2019 World Cup final… stay with us!

7:15pm | New Zealand won the toss, elected to BAT.

Hello again from Lord’s… the crowd filling up now, as we edge closer to the start of the 2019 Final.

We have breaking news from the centre, and that is that Kane Williamson has won the toss, and just as they did four years ago, they’ll bat first.
England’s captain, Eoin Morgan, wasn’t too displeased with that, saying that he was considering bowling first.

Both captains have confirmed that they’re playing with the same teams that won their respective semi-finals earlier in the week.

Interesting to note – across the two teams – there’s only one change from the sides that took the field in the group stage match 11 days ago, with Tim Southee out, and Lockie Ferguson in to that New Zealand side.

We’ve got LIVE play real soon… it’s the Cricket World Cup final on Zak Sports.

7:30pm | Nice to have your company on this Sunday night, wherever you’re joining us from around the world, as we bring you LIVE coverage of the World Cup Final of 2019, as the home side – crowd favourite England, take on the underdogs, New Zealand.

Players and umpires are making their way out to the centre for the anthem ceremony… we remind you that Kane Williamson won the toss, and decided that New Zealand would have first use of the pitch… it’s overcast in London… it’s a greenish deck, so it could be an interesting opening half-hour or so once we get going.

Let’s have a look at the last meeting between these two teams, and, as we said, it was a dominant performance from England on that occasion – they won by 119 runs, and the only downside to that performance was the last twenty overs of their innings… at one point, they were looking at 350+, but ended up stumbling to 8/305… after being 2/206, they lost 6/95 in the last nineteen overs.
It didn’t matter in the end, as they bowled NZ out for 186.

That match won’t mean anything today… this is just the fourth meeting between these two teams at Lord’s, and New Zealand hold a 2-0 record over England here, with one no-result back in 1994, but this is the first time they’ve met here since 2008. A lot has changed, for both teams, since then.

Incidentally, today’s match will be the 91st contest, in ODI Cricket, between England and New Zealand – the Black Caps hold the advantage with 43 wins to 41, and there have been 2 tied contests, and four no-result matches in that time.

Play is next – New Zealand are batting… the World Cup Final from Lord’s… see you soon.

7:45pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
New Zealand 0/0 (0)
Martin Guptill 0* (0) | Henry Nicholls 0* (0)
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Fifteen minutes later than expected, but finally we’re about to get this thing underway, and the good news is we should get a full day of Cricket…

Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls are out in the middle for New Zealand. Chris Woakes has the new ball in hand. Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus – are in position… it’s a full house at Lord’s, and they’re pumped, as we go up to the commentary box, and say hi to Michael Clarke, Brendon McCullum, and Nasser Hussain!

8:13pm | New Zealand 1/29 (6.2)
Kane Williamson 0* (0) | Henry Nicholls 8* (20)

GOT HIM!!! PLUMB LBW… WOAKES STRIKES, AND GETS GUPTILL, JUST AS HE WAS STARTING TO HIT HIS STRIDE…
NEW ZEALAND HAVE LOST THEIR REVIEW… LET’S HOPE THAT DOESN’T COME BACK TO HAUNT THEM… IT’S 1/29.

Guptill | LBW, b Woakes | 19 (18) | FOW 1/29 (6.2)

Interesting start here… New Zealand had a successful review earlier, when Henry Nicholls was given OUT, also LBW, but that was overturned…It’s a tight contest, as Kane Williamson takes guard.

9pm | New Zealand 1/63 (16) – DRINKS!
Kane Williamson 9* (29) | Henry Nicholls 27* (43)

The first drinks break in the World Cup Final of 2019… it’s been a compelling contest thus far, and it’s really hard to gauge who has the upper-hand at this particular point.

For New Zealand, runs have been harder to come by since the dismissal of Martin Guptill – Kane Williamson took 12 balls to get off the mark, but he and Henry Nicholls are going along OK, and will be hoping to build their partnership in this next portion of play.

For England, they’ll be disappointed to have not got Kane Williamson early – knowing how dangerous he can be once he gets going.

It’s a good contest this one… real tight tussle – exactly how a World Cup decider should be, as we head back to Lord’s, and say good afternoon to Sourav Ganguly, Isa Guha and Simon Doull!

9:30pm | New Zealand 2/103 (22.4)
Ross Taylor 0* (0) | Henry Nicholls 46* (65)

GOT HIM… LIAM PLUNKETT WITH THE BREAKTHROUGH… GIVEN NOT OUT BY UMPIRE DHARMASENA, REVIEW BY EOIN MORGAN – WITHOUT HESITATION – AND OVERTURNED BY THE THIRD UMPIRE, ROD TUCKER – A THICK EDGE OFF KANE WILLIAMSON’S BAT, INTO THE GLOVES OF JOS BUTTLER, AND THE DANGER MAN IS GONE! 2/103!

Williamson | c Buttler, b Plunkett | 30 (53) | FOW 2/103 (22.4)

Ross Taylor is the new man in, as Michael Clarke, Brendon McCullum and Michael Atherton resume in commentary!

9:43pm | New Zealand 2/110 (25.1)
Ross Taylor 3* (9) | Henry Nicholls 50* (71)

A single, and FIFTY for Henry Nicholls… he’s had to battle at time today, but this has been a solid performance on the biggest stage, on a day where his team needs him to make a big one… it’s 2/110 – we’ve just gone past the half-way mark of the NZ Innings.

9:49pm | New Zealand 3/118 (26.5)
Ross Taylor 6* (13) | Tom Latham 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… LIAM PLUNKETT!!!
TWO WICKETS IN FOUR OVERS, AND ENGLAND ON TOP AT LORD’S…TERRIFIC LINE AND LENGTH, AND AN INSIDE EDGE FROM HENRY NICHOLLS, RICOCHETS BACK ONTO THE STUMPS, AND ENGLAND HAVE THEIR THIRD… IT’S 3/118!

Nicholls | b Plunkett | 55 (77) | FOW 3/118 (26.5)

A good effort from Nicholls. He was gutted to get out when he did, and now the Black Caps will be relying on Taylor and Tom Latham to build a solid score, as we go back to Lord’s – Nasser Hussain is in the commentary box now, and with him are Sourav Ganguly and Ian Smith!

10:19pm | New Zealand 4/141 (33.1)
James Neesham 0* (0) | Tom Latham 11* (20)

GOT HIM… MARK WOOD HAS HIS FIRST OF THE FINAL… ROSS TAYLOR IS ON HIS WAY, AND WHAT WAS A VITAL PARTNERSHIP FOR NEW ZEALAND HASN’T HERALDED AS MANY RUNS AS THEY WOULD’VE LIKED IT TO!

TAYLOR GOES FOR 15 – 4/141!

Taylor | LBW, b Wood | 15 (31) | FOW 4/141 (33.1)

James Neesham is the new man in, as Michael Clarke, Ian Bishop and Isa Guha take up commentary!

10:45pm | New Zealand 5/173 (39)
Colin de Grandhomme 0* (0) | Tom Latham 23* (30)

GONE… STRAIGHT DOWN MID-ON’S THROAT… LIAM PLUNKETT AGAIN – HIS THIRD WICKET – ON A DAY WHERE HE COULD END UP BEING ENGLAND’S HERO… NEESHAM GONE… 5/173!

Neesham | c Root, b Plunkett | 19 (25) | FOW 5/173 (39)

Just 11 overs to go, as Colin de Grandhomme joins Tom Latham in the centre. Latham is on strike, facing Mark Wood, as we return to Michael Clarke, Ian Bishop and Isa Guha!

11:25pm | New Zealand 6/219 (46.5)
Mitchell Santner 0* (0) | Tom Latham 43* (49)

GONE… SIMPLE CATCH FOR JAMES VINCE – THE SUBSTITUTE FIELDER – AND DE GRANDHOMME’S MISERY IS OVER… HE HASN’T LOOKED COMFORTABLE SINCE GETTING STRUCK ON THE HEAD BY JOFRA ARCHER, AND HE JUST LOBBED ONE UP, STRAIGHT TO THE FIELDER, AND NEW ZEALAND ARE NOW 6/219!

de Grandhomme | c sub (Vince), b Woakes | 16 (28) | FOW 6/219 (46.5)

11:35pm | New Zealand 7/232 (48.3)
Mitchell Santner 3* (3) | Matt Henry 0* (0)

GOT HIM… ANOTHER SLOWER BALL FROM CHRIS WOAKES… ANOTHER POORLY TIMED SHOT FROM A NEW ZEALAND BATSMAN… TOM LATHAM, WHO FOUGHT SO HARD TO PUT RUNS ON THE BOARD, FALLS AGONISINGLY SHORT OF A HALF-CENTURY!

HE GOES FOR 47, AND IT’S 7/232!

Latham | c sub (Vince), b Woakes | 47 (56) | FOW 7/232 (48.3)

11:39pm | New Zealand 8/240 (49.3)
Mitchell Santner 5* (8) | Trent Boult 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM… SLOWER BALL, FULL TOSS FROM ARCHER, AND MATT HENRY MISSES IT COMPLETELY… 8/240 – THREE BALLS LEFT!

Henry | b Archer | 4 (2) | FOW 8/240 (49.3)

11:43pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
New Zealand 8/241 (50)
England require 242 runs to win the World Cup.
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A terrific finish from Jofra Archer… he bowled a five-over stint at the end of this innings, and ended with figures of 1/42, to help restrict New Zealand to 8/241 in the World Cup Final of 2019.

England are chasing 242 for World Cup glory, and we’re only around four hours away from knowing which side will be World Champion for the first time…

Is this score of New Zealand’s a fair reflection of the pitch, as it was against India on Tuesday/Wednesday at Old Trafford?Or, are England about to decimate New Zealand the way they demoralised Australia on Thursday night?

We’ll find out soon. Stay with us!

12am | While we wait for the resumption of play, here’s a look at the cards – 30 extras in that innings, including 17 wides… could that be costly in the long run?
Again, we’ll find out soon.

Latham, Williamson and Nicholls were New Zealand’s best, while Woakes, Archer and Plunkett were the best for England.

The run chase is coming up… 242 is the target… stay with us!

England 0/0
Target: 242
Overs Remaining: 50
Wickets in Hand: 10
Required Run Rate: 4.84

12:15am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 0/0 (0)
Jason Roy 0* (0) | Jonny Bairstow 0* (0)
England require 242 runs to win the World Cup.
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Well, here we go… the moment of truth for England… a chance to become the third team, in as many tournaments, to win the World Cup on home soil, in what is their first World Cup final appearance in 27 years, and for New Zealand, a chance to avenge the loss from 2015.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will open the batting… Trent Boult has the new ball in hand, and waiting for us in the commentary box are Simon Doull, Michael Atherton and Ian Smith.

12:38am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 1/28 (5.4)
Joe Root 0* (0) | Jonny Bairstow 10* (14)
England require 214 runs to win.

GOT HIM… THERE’S THE WICKET NEW ZEALAND WANTED!!!MATT HENRY GETS THE EDGE, TOM LATHAM TAKES THE CATCH, AND JASON ROY IS OUT CHEAPLY… IT’S 1/28!

Roy | c Latham, b Henry | 17 (20) | FOW 1/28 (5.4)

Joe Root is the new man in… it’s been a quick start for England… scoring faster than what’s required, but now they’re one man down, as we go back to Michael Clarke, Brendon McCullum and Nasser Hussain.

1:19am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 2/59 (16.3)
Eoin Morgan 0* (0) | Jonny Bairstow 32* (49)
England require 183 runs to win.

GONE!!! THICK EDGE FROM JOE ROOT, SIMPLE CATCH FOR TOM LATHAM, FIRST WORLD CUP FINAL WICKET FOR COLIN DE GRANDHOMME, AND NEW ZEALAND HAVE THEIR SECOND!

Root | c Latham, b de Grandhomme | 7 (30) | FOW 2/59 (16.3)

This is shaping up to be a very tight contest, right to the end… we hope you’re enjoying, as Eoin Morgan takes guard, and Sourav Ganguly, Simon Doull and Isa Guha take up commentary!

1:32am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 3/71 (19.3)
Eoin Morgan 7* (12) | Ben Stokes 0* (0)
England require 171 runs to win off 183 balls.

GOT HIM!!! BAIRSTOW’S CHOPPED IT ON… ENGLAND ARE THREE DOWN, AND LOCKIE FERGUSON HAS HIS FIRST WICKET…
GAME ON AT LORD’S… IT’S 3/71!

Bairstow | b Ferguson | 36 (55) | FOW 3/71 (19.3)

Ben Stokes is the new man in… the pressure is on… New Zealand are playing superbly!

1:52am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 4/86 (23.1)
Jos Buttler 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 5* (12)
England require 156 runs to win off 161 balls.

OUT… WHAT A CATCH FROM LOCKIE FERGUSON… EOIN MORGAN SMASHED ONE SKYWARD OVER POINT, BUT PICKED OUT THE FIELDER, AND FERGUSON HAS TAKEN A DIVING CATCH – ONE OF THE BEST OF THE TOURNAMENT, AND NOW ENGLAND ARE IN TROUBLE, AT 4/86!

Morgan | c Ferguson, b Neesham | 9 (22) | FOW 4/86 (23.1)

Just under twenty-seven overs left, as Jos Buttler joins Ben Stokes in the centre… these two have a lot of work to do… are we witnessing one of the great World Cup Finals?
We’ll know soon enough. Here come Michael Clarke, Michael Atherton and Ian Smith!

3:20am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 4/187 (43.2)
Jos Buttler 52* (53) | Ben Stokes 49* (80)
England require 55 runs to win off 40 balls.
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FIFTY FOR JOS BUTTLER… HE BRINGS IT UP WITH A BOUNDARY… AND THERE’S THE 100-RUN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HE AND BEN STOKES AS WELL… WHAT A TIME TO DO IT… 55 NEEDED OFF 40, AND THERE ISN’T A CRICKET FAN IN THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT, WHO ISN’T ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEAT… IT’S 4/187!

3:22am | England 4/189 (43.5)
NOW BEN STOKES BRINGS UP HIS OWN HALF-CENTURY… 37 BALLS LEFT… ENGLAND NEED 53… COULD THESE TWO MEN BE HEROES FOR ENGLAND?

To take you through the final six overs, it’ll be Ian Bishop, Nasser Hussain and Ian Smith!

3:28am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 5/196 (44.5)
Chris Woakes 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 51* (82)
England require 46 runs to win off 31 balls.

GOT HIM… BIG WICKET FOR NEW ZEALAND… THAT MIGHT BE THE MOST IMPORTANT CATCH OF TIM SOUTHEE’S CAREER… LOCKIE FERGUSON GETS HIS SECOND WICKET… JOS BUTTLER – THE DESTROYER – IS GONE… IT’S 5/196.

Buttler | c sub (Southee), b Ferguson | 59 (60) | FOW 5/196 (44.5)

Chris Woakes is the new man in, and it’s starting to become really difficult for England… New Zealand might just be about to pull off the upset in the biggest stage imaginable.

3:35am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 6/203 (46.1)Chris Woakes 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 56* (86)England require 39 runs to win off 23 balls.#CWC19 | #ENGvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

STRAIGHT UP… TOM LATHAM IS UNDER IT…. AND TAKES IT… HIS THIRD CATCH OF THE FINAL, AND THAT COULD JUST ABOUT SPELL THE END OF ENGLAND… WOAKES GOES – IT’S 6/203!!!

Woakes | c Latham, b Ferguson | 2 (4) | FOW 6/203 (46.1)

3:48am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 7/220 (48.3)
Jofra Archer 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 63* (90)
England require 22 runs to win off 9 balls.

GONE… BIG SHOT FROM PLUNKETT, BUT NOT ENOUGH ON IT, AND TRENT BOULT TAKES THE CATCH. NEESHAM HAS ANOTHER ONE, AND NOW THE TARGET IS 22 OFF 9. 7/220!

Plunkett | c Boult, b Neesham | 10 (10) | FOW 7/220 (48.3)

3:52am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 8/227 (49)
Adil Rashid 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 70* (92)
England require 15 runs to win off 6 balls.

BOWLED HIM… WELL THERE YOU GO…JOFRA ARCHER GOES FOR THE ONLY GOLDEN DUCK OF THE MATCH, AND BEN STOKES HAS IT ALL TO DO IN THE LAST OVER… FIFTEEN REQUIRED IN THE LAST OVER – FACING TRENT BOULT… IT’S 8/227!

Archer | b Neesham | 0 (1) | FOW 8/227 (49)

3:56am | New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 9/240 (49.5)
Mark Wood 0* (0) | Ben Stokes 83* (97)
England require 2 runs to win off 1 balls.
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OUT… RASHID IS RUN OUT – FOR A DIAMOND DUCK, AND NOW WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE SITUATION AT LORD’S… ENGLAND NEED TWO OFF ONE – ONE GET US A SUPER OVER… ZERO GIVES NEW ZEALAND THE WORLD CUP!

Rashid | run out (Santner) | 0 (0) | FOW 9/240 (49.5)

4am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
New Zealand 8/241 (50) | England 241 (50)
MATCH TIED – SUPER OVER TO COME!

OUT… RASHID IS RUN OUT… THE WORLD CUP AIN’T OVER YET… WE’RE GOING TO A SUPER OVER AT LORD’S… THE FIRST IN WORLD CUP HISTORY, AND THE FINAL HAS ANOTHER CHAPTER IN IT JUST YET!

ENGLAND – ALL OUT FOR 241… SCORES ARE LEVEL!

Wood | run out | 0 (0) | FOW 10/241 (50)
Stokes | not out | 84 (98)

4:09am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
New Zealand 8/241 | England 241 & 0/0 (0/1)
Ben Stokes 0* (0) | Jos Buttler 0* (0)
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Into the Super Over we go. Trent Boult will bowl it for New Zealand… Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are the nominated batsmen for England, and still in the commentary box are Ian Bishop, Nasser Hussain and Ian Smith!

4:22am | New Zealand 8/241 & 0/0 (0/1) | England 241 & 0/15
Martin Guptill 0* (0) | Jimmy Neesham 0* (0)

That was a superb performance from Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes… they were England saviour in the fifty over innings, and they’ve delivered again in the Super Over…Stokes picked up 8, Buttler 7, and now New Zealand need 16 runs off 6 balls to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup…

The bad news for New Zealand is… it’s sixteen or lose… if they get fifteen, England will lift the trophy in a few moments time.

This is sport at its very, very best.

Jofra Archer will bowl the super over for England… New Zealand have opted to send Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham into bat… we wait to see what might happen here… let’s go back to Ian Bishop, Nasser Hussain and Ian Smith!

4:30am | New Zealand 8/241 & 1/15 | England 241 & 0/15
ENGLAND WIN THE 2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP!

OUT!!! MARTIN GUPTILL IS RUN OUT… SCORES ARE TIED AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME ENGLAND HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP!!!
ENGLAND HAVE WON THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP AFTER FOUR ATTEMPTS, BY THE BAREST OF MARGINS… ELATION FOR THE HOME SIDE… UTTER DESPAIR FOR NEW ZEALAND, BUT WHAT A DAY, AND WHAT A GAME WE’VE SEEN AT THE HOME OF CRICKET…

JIMMY NEESHAM WAS NEARLY THE HERO, BUT INSTEAD IT’S JOFRA ARCHER, BEN STOKES AND JOS BUTTLER WHO WILL GO DOWN AS THE HEROES FOR ENGLAND, AS THEY FINALLY TASTE WORLD CUP GLORY!

We’ll come back and wrap it all up very shortly!

6am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 49 – FINAL | England v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
New Zealand 8/241 & 1/15 | England 241 & 0/15
ENGLAND WIN THE 2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP!
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Hello again from Lord’s, where we’ve seen the greatest World Cup Final ever played.It’s hard to know where to begin in summing that one up, but we’ll give it a go.

Firstly, we should point out that England were crowned champions by virtue of the fact that they hit more boundaries through the day than New Zealand… 24-16 in regular time, and then 2-1 in overtime – that was the tie-breaker, in what was otherwise a very even 102 overs of Cricket.

Here’s a look at England’s card, and they’d be thanking their lucky stars for the contributions of Bairstow, Buttler and Stokes, because no one else really got going, and it’s a good thing that the tail didn’t need to wag, as Ben Stokes was doing the heavy lifting around them… ONE golden duck, and TWO diamond ducks… it’s very rare that you see that on a scorecard, let me tell you!

For New Zealand, Trent Boult was wicket-less, which could be one reason why England have the trophy in their hands right now… Ferguson and Neesham stepped up, and were magnificent… three wickets each, including key wickets of Bairstow and Buttler for Ferguson, and Eoin Morgan for Neesham.

Ben Stokes – what a performance… he and Jos Buttler rescued England, as only they knew how… it wasn’t the explosive brilliance that we normally see from the pair, but their experience saw England through a difficult patch of the match, where New Zealand were on top.

The defining moment came on the third last ball of the match – needing eight to tie, or nine to win, Ben Stokes was the accidental hero for England… having smacked the ball into the deep on the legside, Stokes set off for two runs, and as he is returning for the second, the throw came in from the deep, the ball hit Stokes’ bat, and deflected behind the wicket-keeper, away to the boundary for four runs – making it a six-run play.

From there, England scored the two needed to take the game to a Super Over.

England batted first in overtime, with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler scoring runs off every ball, to set New Zealand a target of 16 to win,

New Zealand did everything they could, but 15 wasn’t enough, and despite the teams remaining level after 102 overs of Cricket, it is England who lift the World Cup Trophy for the first time.

There’s how the Super Over played out, and the Match Summary after regular time as well.

Ben Stokes was named Man of the Match, which was no surprise given his heroics in the latter stages of the run chase – 84 off 98, under extreme pressure – incredible stuff.

It’ll go down as the greatest World Cup Final ever played, and unfortunately, there had to be a loser, but Kane Williamson’s men can hold their head high… they are a force to be reckoned with, and they were just one painful run away from a whole different story line being written.

England – incredible… they came in as favourites, and eventually lived up to the tag… they’re the third team in as many World Cup tournaments to win on home soil – India did it in 2011, and Australia reigned supreme some four years ago.

Attention now turns to the #Ashes, as they look to regain the Urn, against Australia. Their preparation begins with a 4-day Test against Ireland, at this very ground, next Wednesday night.

As for the World Cup though… it’s sadly over… 46 days after it began, and it’s been a wonderful tournament… maybe not the complete run fest we were expecting, but a timely reminder of why One Day International Cricket is so important, and such quality entertainment… there’s no disputing that it’s alive and well, especially after what we’ve seen here over the last 11 hours.

Rohit Sharma was a standout performer, with five centuries. Mitchell Starc took the most wickets, but the Player of the Tournament honours went to New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson. He had a superb tournament, rescuing their batting efforts on a few occasions, and taking the Black Caps to consecutive finals.

The next ICC Cricket World Cup will be staged in India in 2023, and you can guarantee that Virat Kohli’s men will be out for revenge and redemption when that rolls around.

Superb tournament… England on top of the world for the first time… just the sixth nation to win the World Cup, and they join Pakistan and Sri Lanka as one-time winners of the tournament.

Looking back, South Africa were rather disappointing, as were the West Indies, despite the odd shining moment… we didn’t expect much from Afghanistan, but they nearly knocked off India, so let’s see how that nation develops over the next four years.
Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh provided moments of brilliance, but Pakistan particularly will be disappointed to have come so close to reaching the knockout stage, to miss out on Net Run Rate.
Australia – for a team in tatters 12 months ago, they can be proud of their accomplishments, but that sixth World Cup triumph will have to wait at least four years.
England 2019 delivered some great cricket, a few upsets and surprises, too much rain, but a thrilling conclusion that will be talked about for a long while yet.

ENGLAND HAVE WON THE 2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP… The Ashes is next up on our agenda, and we look forward to your company then, but for now, thanks for being with us throughout the night, and the morning as well…

On behalf of the Zak Sports team, I’m Zak Caban… have a great day. Bye for now!



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