Today was the day circled on any sports lover’s calendar. The final of the cricket World Cup, where England faced New Zealand to see which side could win their first ever World Cup, The Wimbledon Men’s final, where a 37 year old Roger Federer had reached his record 12th final, and finally the British Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamiliton had his chance to make history and be the first driver with six titles to his name.
And they certainly didn’t disappoint.
We’ll start in North West London where England brought home their first ever Cricket World Cup after playing out maybe the most dramatic conclusion to a cricket match of all time. England and New Zealand both scored 241 and went to a one off super over! This was after Ben Stokes was caught on the boundary, only for Trent Boult to step on the boundary. Stokes then unintentionally diverted a throw into the keeper for four overthrows. And only managing a single on the final ball to tie it rather than win it. A few let offs for England and Ben Stokes who was actually born in New Zealand to a Kiwi father.
Each team got one over to see who could score more. If the scores were tied again then England would win as they had more boundaries. Butler and Stokes were England’s chosen batsman. They scored a very good 15. New Zealand needed 16 off one Jofra Archer over. They scored 15. And the Cricket World Cup came home.
Got your breath back? No? I don’t care. We need to move to the other side of the Thames in South West London where Federer and Djokovic squared off in the Wimbledon Men’s final. Greatly anticipated as it was unbelievably Federer’s 12th Wimbledon final. Many doubted the 37 year old before the tournament began, but of course he was standing on centre court for the final.
This one didn’t end in a super over, but we saw something just as unique and unexpected. A fifth set tie break. A brilliant back and forth display from these two titans of the sport always seemed destined to come down to a decisive fifth set. For the first year ever a fifth set tiebreak was to be enforced at Wimbledon if the final set came to 12 games each, and of course it did. The winning machine Djokovic held his nerve to deny Federer a dream ninth Wimbledon title in another instant classic.
Now we move out of London to Northamptonshire and Silverstone Circuit where Lewis Hamilton looked to make it a record sixth British Grand Prix. And in keeping with today’s drama, he did, by holding off Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas to take top spot on the podium.
Many eyes were on the battle for third with Red Bull’s Verstappen and Ferrari’s Leclerc locking horns for that final spot on the podium. This was until Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel crashed with the Dutchman and his teammate Leclerc took third.
And if after all of this drama you thought the day was missing something. Stormzy waved the Chequered flag as Lewis Hamilton took the top spot. Anyone excited for the British Open next weekend? No? Just me?
Now you can breath.