All you need to know about the Black Caps’ heartbreak against England

New Zealand

New Zealand v England

Match Tied (England win the one-over eliminator)

14 July 2019    Match: Final   Venue: Lord’s, London
Marais Erasmus / Handunnettige Dharmasena
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

New Zealand: 241 for 8 (50.0 overs) Henry Nicholls 55

Chris Woakes (9-0-37-3), Liam Plunkett (10-0-42-3)

England:241 all out (50.0 overs)

Ben Stokes 84*, Jos Buttler 59 Lockie Ferguson (10-0-50-3), Jimmy Neesham (7-0-43-3)

England:15 for 0 (1.0 overs)   New Zealand:15 for 1 (1.0 overs)


That’s all that stood between the Black Caps and winning the Cricket World Cup.


Miserable, excruciating, heartbreaking centimetres.

The centimetres between Trent Boult’s heel and the boundary rope, as his catch turned into a six. The centimetres of Ben Stokes’ diving bat that cruelly deflected four final-over overthrows. And ultimately, the centimetres between Martin Guptill’s bat and the crease, as he dove in desperation for the winning run.

Jos Buttler whipped off the bails, sending England into ecstasy. They had just won a Super Over – yes, a truly absurd Super Over – by the narrowest of margins.

Guptill’s bat was beaten by the throw of Jason Roy, and the lunge of Buttler, leaving the teams tied on 15 runs apiece after the Super Over, after already being tied at the end of an enthralling World Cup final.

It came down to the cruelest of tiebreakers, with the World Cup being decided by boundaries – and England having hit 26, to New Zealand’s 17.

So when Buttler smashed the stumps, England went berzerk, the Lord’s crowd erupted, and Guptill sat slumped in despair.

It was cruel. It was incredible. It was one of the greatest sporting encounters you’ll ever see.

And it broke New Zealand’s hearts.

They didn’t deserve to lose. Not like this. Especially not with how the final moments unfolded.

Having set England 242 to win after a solid batting performance led by Henry Nicholls (55), Tom Latham (47), and Kane Williamson (30), the Black Caps looked poised for glory, with the hosts needing 22 runs from the last nine balls.

Then, utterly incredible scenes – never before witnessed in cricket history – unfolded.

England celebrate after claiming the World Cup after a dramatic super over victory over New Zealand. Photo / Getty
England celebrate after claiming the World Cup after a dramatic super over victory over New Zealand. Photo / Getty

First, Boult looked to have taken the game-defining catch, snagging Stokes on the mid-wicket boundary. But as he stood back to complete the catch, he stood on the boundary rope – turning a match-winning moment into a potentially game-changing six.

The Black Caps fought back though, making the equation tough once more – 15 needed off four, before Stokes sent Boult over mid-wicket. This one wasn’t catchable. Nine from three.

Advantage Black Caps – until they were struck by a moment that will go down in cricketing folklore.

A full toss came in, and Stokes smeared it to mid-wicket. Guptill was on it quickly, and went to attempt a runout at the striker’s end. Diving for his ground, Stokes inadvertently managed to deflect the throw for four overthrows. Six runs. Instead of a runout, or merely two runs, England were left needing just three from two balls.

Somehow, the drama was nowhere near finished. Stokes could only manage a single from the penultimate ball – Adil Rashid run out trying for a second run – and needing two for victory, the final ball of the innings was a repeat – with Neesham’s throw from the running out Mark Wood’s attempt for a second run, and sending the game to a Super Over.

Stokes and Buttler – who had earlier rescued England from 86-4 with a 110-run partnership that gave the hosts the chance to win the Cup – came out for the Super Over, and hit Boult for 15.

Needing 16 for victory – and aware of the tiebreaker – the Black Caps sent out Neesham and Guptill. England’s bowler – Jofra Archer – started with a wide, before the Black Caps scampered a quick two. Neesham then produced a massive six over mid-wicket, putting the Black Caps in the box seat.

Seven off four became five off three, then three off two, as the Black Caps scampered three consecutive twos.

The tension is unbearable. The nerves unimaginable. The scenes unthinkable.

The penultimate ball comes off Neesham’s inside edge, and they run a single, putting Guptill on strike, with a chance to be a hero, and claim the ultimate redemption.

He clips the ball towards mid-wicket.

Runs a single.

Turns for the second.

And dives, to end New Zealand’s 44 years of waiting.

The wait continues.

By centimetres.

Why England were crowned Cricket World Cup winners

England won the Cricket World Cup but the Black Caps didn’t lose. Yes it’s all very confusing following the most dramatic World Cup final played at Lord’s this morning.

Chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight, England got 12 off the final over to see the game end in a tie with the hosts bowled out for 241 going for the winning run off the last ball.

That sent the match to a Super Over. One over for each team with just two wickets and three batsmen allowed.

England got 15 off their six balls and so did New Zealand. Martin Guptill was run out a metre short on the final ball going for a second to secure the final for the Black Caps. Once again the scores finished tied.

However England were crowned the winners of the match due to a countback on boundaries in the initial 50-over contest.

England had 24 boundaries, New Zealand had 16. For that reason England lift the World Cup for the first time.

Previously matches at the World Cup have been decided by least wickets lost. Under the old rules New Zealand would have won.

Social media reaction was mixed to say the least.

Cricket World Cup hero Ben Stokes: ‘I will be apologizing to Kane for the rest of my life’

England’s Cricket World Cup hero Ben Stokes says he will be apologising to Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson for the rest of his life after accidentally creating arguably the most pivotal moment in ODI history.

With England needing nine off the final three balls of the final at Lord’s, Christchurch-born Stokes was running back for a second run when a throw from Martin Guptill hit his bat and deflected to the boundary for four.

It meant six was recorded off the ball instead of two and Stokes eventually got two singles of the final two balls to force a tie and a Super Over.

Stokes made 84 not out before returning for England in the Super Over. With Trent Boult bowling, Stokes and Joss Buttler scored 15 runs to set New Zealand 16 to win the World Cup.

Jimmy Neesham and Guptill could only manage 15 with England crowned champions due to hitting more boundaries in the 50-over affair.

After the match, Stokes said it was ‘written in the stars’.

“I am pretty lost for words. All the hard work to get here and be world champions, it’s an amazing feeling. Playing against New Zealand is always a good event, they are good lads. I will be apologising to Kane for the rest of my life [re: the overthrow for the six]…It was written in the stars to happen for us,” he said.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson, who was named player of the tournament said that maybe luck was against his side at Lord’s.

“That [Stokes’s accidental boundary] was a little bit of a shame, wasn’t it? You just hope it doesn’t happen at moments like that. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be for us.”


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