The scene was set in North West London at Lord’s cricket ground, the home of the sport. England were facing New Zealand to see who could bring home the sport’s biggest prize for their nation for the first time.
New Zealand’s innings was maybe the calm before the storm. I have a lot to write so I’ll be brief. New Zealand won the all important coin toss and naturally batted first, a huge advantage. England’s bowlers kept it tight and New Zealand ended on a good not great score of 241.
England looked in big trouble after captain Eoin Morgan was caught by a brilliant diving Lockie Ferguson catch and they fell to 86 for four. Butler and Stokes batted beautifully for 20 or so overs until Butler spooned one to a fielder and they were suddenly on the brink of defeat. With no recognised batsman left to come in, responsibility seemed to have fallen on Ben Stokes once again. He seemed to have been dismissed on the boundary when Trent Boult caught him out only to take a step back onto the boundary and it was six runs instead.
England needed 15 off four balls to win. Stokes slog swept for six more and now they needed nine from three deliveries. Stokes then hit another through the off side, he hurried back for two as the ball was fizzed in toward the wicket keeper. It deflected off Ben Stokes bat unintentionally and four overthrows were scored leaving England needing three to win off two. Stokes hits the ball and the batsman try to turn two. Rashid is out by a country mile and Stokes needs two from the final ball and one to tie. They get one. Super Over time.
Each side bowl one over. Ben Stokes is sent back in for England along with explosive batsman Jos Butler. They score a very respectable 15 including two fours and New Zealand are left needing 16 runs to win from six balls. Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptil are the batsman selected and the new star on the scene Jofra Archer is England’s bowler.
First ball wide. They need 15 off six. Next ball two. Next ball six. Seven needed off four and no one has any fingernails left. A Jason Roy misfield gifted New Zealand two more. Then the speed of Martin Guptill got New Zealand down to three to win off two deliveries. A clever bouncer and just a single scored. Two to win for New Zealand. One won’t be enough. Guptill pushes to the leg side. Roy throws into Butler. Catch, bails off in time. England win the World Cup.