Champagne super over – England are world champions

England's cricketers wrote their names into the history books at Lord's, winning their first World Cup title in a final that will go down as one of the most dramatic ever produced in team sport.

It seemed as though nothing could separate them from New Zealand, with the sides battling to an unprecedented tie, both sides locked on 241 after 100 overs of nerve-shredding tension that cast Ben Stokes as the home side's hero of the hour.

That paved the way for a super over, a six-ball shoot-out that had only occurred 11 times in international history and never before in an ODI.

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England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's captain Eoin Morgan lifts the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in extraordinary circumstances, beating New Zealand by a tiebreaker of boundaries scored after the match was tied after regulation play and then the first Super Over in the tournament's history. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Final - New Zealand v England - Lord's, London, Britain - July 14, 2019 England's Eoin Morgan and teammates celebrate winning the world cup with the trophy Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
England's captain Eoin Morgan is doused with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Ben Stokes celebrates after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Jos Buttler runs out New Zealand's Martin Guptill to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England players mob Jofra Archer after he bowled the super over to win the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England celebrate winning the ICC World Cup during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Final - New Zealand v England - Lord's, London, Britain - July 14, 2019 England's Ben Stokes celebrates winning the World Cup Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
England players celebrate on the pitch after winning the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England players celebrate after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores ended tied after 50 overs each. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
England's Ben Stokes in action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Trent Boult stumbles over the boundary during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Liam Plunkett in action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Tom Latham takes the wicket of England's Chris Woakes (not pictured) during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Ben Stokes during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates taking the wicket of Jos Buttler (not pictured) during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Tim Southee takes the wicket of Jos Buttler (not pictured) during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Ben Stokes during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Ben Stokes slips whilst making a run during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Chris Woakes in action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson (right) celebrates with team-mates after catching out England's Eoin Morgan during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Trent Boult during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Fans react as they watch a big screen in the Fanzone at Trafalgar Square during the Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at the ICC Fanzone, London.
Fans react as they watch a big screen in the Fanzone at Trafalgar Square during the Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at the ICC Fanzone, London.
New Zealand's Kane Williamson chases a ball during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Matt Henry bowls during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Trent Boult (centre) appears dejected after the review for England's Jason Roy out by LBW is not given during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Kane Williamson during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Shane Warne on the field between innings during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Kevin Pietersen on the field between innings during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Mitchell Santner in batting action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Jofra Archer during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Jonny Bairstow signs autographs during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme reacts as a ball hits him on the shoulder during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Fans celebrate the fall of New Zealand's 5th wicket as they watch a big screen in the Fanzone at Trafalgar Square during the Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at the ICC Fanzone, London.
New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme in batting action during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Mark Wood during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Mark Wood celebrates taking the wicket of Ross Taylor by LBW during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Liam Plunkett (second right) celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand's Kane Williamson, caught by Jos Buttler (63), during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Kane Williamson (left) in batting action as England's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls survives a run out attempt during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
Prime Minister Theresa May (centre, second row) with her husband Philip (second left, second row) and England's chief national cricket selector Ed Smith (far right, second row) in the stands during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England captain Eoin Morgan (left) stands with his players for the national anthem ahead of during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
A detail view of the World Cup trophy ahead of the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
The Red Devils parachute display team ahead of the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
England's Eoin Morgan (centre) walks out ahead of the during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord's, London.
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Incredibly, the teams went blow-for-blow once again, Stokes and Jos Buttler hitting 15 off Trent Boult before Jofra Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.

The Barbados-born bowler, the least experienced player on either side, held his nerve as Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side and came back for a second that would have taken the trophy.

Enter Jason Roy, who picked up cleanly despite unimaginable pressure and hurled a flat, decisive throw towards Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled.

Tied once again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored in the original 50-over match, a technocratic decider in a contest that proved impossible to settle any other way.

In the end England's 22 fours and two sixes proved the difference, besting the Black Caps' tally of 14 and two but they are just numbers, and do scant justice to the emotional, occasionally controversial and endlessly replayable events that played out on this famous ground.

Rarely has the tension at this storied stadium reached such emphatic peaks and rarely has a winning team celebrated with such gusto, the game and all the prizes that go with it having seemingly disappeared from their grasp on several occasions.

After 44 years and 12 editions England finally lifted the trophy, Eoin Morgan's side securing their legacy in front of 30,000 captivated fans, a mass gathering at Trafalgar Square and on television in homes up and down the country.

The national side were back on a free-to-air terrestrial platform for the first time since the halcyon days of 2005 and they did not miss their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to match the achievements of their female counterparts, who became world champions at the home of cricket two summers ago.

Any new fans who were enthralled by what they saw, and surely there were many, will need to be told they may never see its like again.

Morgan will now take his place on the pantheon of great England captains, nestling alongside Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson, and going one better than the runners-up medals secured by Mike Brearley (1979), Mike Gatting (1987) and Graham Gooch (1992).

His leadership has been imperious for four years but the final hurdle was cleared by others. Liam Plunkett's name may fall down the agenda after the late drama but he was the key to keeping New Zealand down to a gettable 241 for eight.

The 34-year-old seamer boasts a 100 per cent record in the tournament, with all three of England's group-stage defeats coming in his absence, and this was his crowning moment.

He took the key wicket of Kane Williamson for 30, with a superb cross-seamer that kicked outside off stump and added two more to claim three for 40.

Chris Woakes was key too, taking three of his own and setting the tone with a wonderful new-ball spell that belied any nerves and there was one apiece for Mark Wood and Archer.

A huge lbw shout against Jason Roy from the first ball of the reply hinted it would not be easy and the big-hitting top order proved unable to manage tricky conditions and disciplined attack.

Spooked by the occasion, or their opponents, they slipped to 86 for four at almost halfway, and needed a calm, collected stand of 110 between Stokes and Buttler. The latter fell for 59 but Stokes would finish on 84 not out, the centrepiece of the coming storm.

With eight balls to go and hope fading Stokes hoisted Jimmy Neesham down the ground. Boult was underneath it holding the initial chance before flicking it off to Guptill as he crossed the ropes.

His presence of mind was impressive but his synapses were a beat behind, his foot touching the boundary marker before he offloaded. Stokes had six and England had a chance.

It was still a fleeting one though, with 15 needed off the last six balls from New Zealand's most bankable bowler, Boult.

England's prospects receded sharply after Stokes hit the in-field twice, taking the equation firmly into do-or-die territory. Finally, thrillingly, unbelievably, Stokes seized the moment.

He clubbed the next ball for six, high and handsome over wide long on, then sprinted for two off the next, diving to beat Guptill's throw and inadvertently steering the ball to the ropes.

For a moment there was confusion, Stokes holding his arms out by way of apology as New Zealand's fielders wrestled with disbelief and outrage. Even then the drama was only half complete, New Zealand incredibly pulling off two run-outs in a row to end the game in a tie.

Stokes and Buttler resumed for the historic super over, both hitting a boundary as they set a winning target of 16, leaving the stage to Archer.

A six from Neesham swung the pendulum once more but Archer finished well before Roy and Buttler combined for a run out that will live forever.

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