England have won the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand in the most dramatic of fashions, after both the match and super over were tied.
Both teams scored 241 runs in the match and 15 runs each in the super over – but England won their first ever title because they had scored more boundaries in the game.
The 50-over game saw cruel end for the Black Caps – with Ben Stokes hitting a six and then England being awarded six runs after a throw by a New Zealand fielder hit Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary.
Earlier, superb bowling by England’s Liam Plunkett had restricted New Zealand’s batsmen, taking wickets at crucial moments.
Surrey bowler Plunkett ended with figures of 3-40 off his 10 overs – claiming the important wickets of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (55) in the space of 14 balls.
England’s run chase got off to a rocky start as New Zealand demolished England’s top order, taking four early wickets.
But Ben Stokes and Josh Buttler put on a hundred partnership to revive the innings, forcing that dramatic conclusion.
Chris Woakes added to his impressive tally in the tournament with another three scalps (3-37) – with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood chipping in.
For New Zealand Tom Latham hit 46 off 57 balls as the Black Caps managed to make 62 runs off the final 10 overs.
However, New Zealand, who were also seeking their first 50-over World Cup title, proved adept at defending relatively small totals in this tournament and Lord’s is not known for its heavy scoring in one day internationals.
In the semi-finals, India failed to chase down 240 against the Kiwis in Manchester.
But this time they were denied by a combination of bad luck and a resilient England team playing a brand of fearless attacking cricket.
Stokes said the team deserved its victory “with all the things we’ve been through together”.
He said: “I just tried to take it as deep as I possibly could. I came to realise the longer I could stay in, the more pressure they’d be under.
“It’s an amazing group to be part of, this team is incredible, with the things we’ve been through together. There’s not a group that deserves it more than this. The last four years, this is what we’ve worked for.
“The one word to describe Trevor [Bayliss] as coach is ‘incredible’. He gets the best out of everybody, there’s no cliches – he’s straight to the point.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said England had enjoyed a “fantastic” campaign.
He said: “Credit to England, they had a fantastic campaign.
“It’s been challenging. We showed a huge amount of heart to get to this stage, it just wasn’t meant to be today.
“The guys are shattered at the moment – it’s devastating, tough to swallow but a fantastic effort from our guys. They fought hard to get us to this stage.
“We would have liked another 10 or 20, the guys worked really hard to put England under pressure on a tough surface. Both sides showed a lot of heart, it was tough to separate us but credit to the winners.
“It is tough to review the match with such small margins.”
Liam Plunkett was the pick of England’s bowlers as his destructive second spell helped limit New Zealand to 241-8 in the cricket World Cup final at Lord’s. The Surrey bowler ended with figures of 3-40 off his 10 overs – claiming the important wickets of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (30) and Henry Nicholls (55) in the space of 14 balls.