Ben Stokes Experiences Cricket World Cup Redemption With Batting Masterclass At Lord's

Posted July 15, 2019

The final few overs were exceptionally tense, as England chased New Zealand's total of 241, after suffering an early batting collapse that threatened to turn the event into a disaster from an English perspective.

Our sports reporter Jordan Jarrett-Bryan is at Lords.

Joe Root says England's World Cup triumph was "written in the stars" as Ben Stokes led the hosts to victory.

England won the Cricket World Cup, and - when you think about it - was it ever going to be any different?

New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs in the semi-final played on July 9 and July 10 (due to rain).

The match was interrupted at 2pm, with New Zealand precariously placed at 211 for five from 46.1 overs, and never resumed - despite the ICC's desperation to get things done and dusted. And I intermittently bolstered all that, in turn, by listening to the BBC's radio commentary, before that went dead on me.

Finally, Team England was able to beat New Zealand during the super over and turned out to be the ultimate World Cup Champion of 2019.

"There is a huge amount of respect for the match-winners that they have within their side, at the top of the order and throughout". When Wood suffered the same fate from the final ball, the match was tied.

That, though, was nothing compared to the emotion of the final hour, one of the most dramatic passages of sport you could ever wish to see. It has probably been the best day for cricket in this country.

Henry Nicholls had played a lone hand with the bat for New Zealand with his 55, as the Black Caps struggled to build momentum.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson. While Woakes bowled beautifully, Jofra Archer was too short and allowed the batsmen to defend him easily off the back-foot. The team's 12th man (first reserve), Moeen Ali, is a bushy-bearded Muslim from Birmingham with family origins in Pakistan (who, I should note, was banned by the cricketing authorities five years ago from wearing "Free Palestine" and "Save Gaza" wristbands). It was a success that ultimately came down to team spirit, to togetherness. It also exemplified a whole so much greater than the sum of its disparate parts.