By Peter Moore
• Hosts win trophy after super-over drama against Kiwis at Lords.
• Eoin Morgan’s men victorious by virtue of having scored more boundaries
• Wood run out of final ball of innings to set up super-over
LORDS, LONDON– England prevail in the most dramatic World Cup Final ever seen as the hosts claim their first ever World Cup in thrilling fashion.
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Jason Roy – 8/10 – Has almost single-handedly revived England’s campaign after returning from injury. Survived a huge lbw shout first ball. Was beginning to get going when he nicked behind for 17. Will also be remembered for his throw in the final ball of the match that ran out Martin Guptill to seal the World Cup for the host nation. Faced a tricky opening period from the Kiwi new ball bowlers.
Jonny Bairstow – 8/10 – Was dropped on 18, before chopping on for 36. Had to see out a tricky opening 15 overs. Superb as ever with his fielding on the boundary, which resulted in a saving of precious runs.
Joe Root – 6/10 – Has been Mr consistent all through the tournament, until today. Got frustrated after getting bogged down before chasing a wide delivery. Normally so cool in any situation, but not today.
Eoin Morgan – 7/10 – Again struggled with the short ball, before falling to an outstanding catch from Lockie Ferguson. Big call to decide on the inexperienced Jofra Archer to bowl the super-over, but it paid off.
Jos Buttler – 9/10 – A hugely impressive fifty after coming in when the score was 86 for 4. Almost saw England over the line in the original match. Held his nerve to complete the run out of Guptill.
Ben Stokes – 10 /10 – Has really come into his own during the past three matches. Shared in a century partnership with Jos Buttler. An undefeated 83 almost won the game for the hosts, before running out of partners. Showed incredible resolve to deliver in the super-over.
Chris Woakes – 9/10 – Produced an outstanding opening spell with the ball with opening figures of 1 for 10 off seven overs. Eventually finished with 3 for 37, with his mixture of slower ball deliveries and cutters causing the New Zealand batsman problems.
Liam Plunkett – 9/10 – Capped an impressive tournament with three wickets today. Useful knock of 10 with the bat, coming in with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. England’s unsung hero in this World Cup.
Jofra Archer – 8/10 – Bowled a touch short at both ends of the New Zealand innings. Still posed a constant threat and wrapped up the innings well. Did well to hold his nerve to defend 16 in the super-over.
Adil Rashid – 5/10 – Still showing signs of experiencing problems with a shoulder. Never really looked like troubling the Kiwis today. Run out without facing a ball today.
Mark Wood – 8/10 – Not his most impressive spell of the tournament today. Picked up a wicket, but looked to be in trouble throughout with a side strain.
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Martin Guptill – 2/10 – Leading run-scorer at the 2015 World cup has endured a miserable World Cup. Struggled once again today, despite showing early intent. Made 19 before being trapped lbw off Chris Woakes.
Henry Nicholls – 7/10 – Led a charmed life before eventually getting dismissed for his first half-century in this World Cup. Made 55 off 77 deliveries in testing conditions.
Kayne Williamson – 8/10 – The rock in New Zealand’s batting line up. Took 12 deliveries before getting off the mark. England were glad to see the back of him after he nicked behind for 30 off Liam Plunkett. Captain his side superbly once again. Unlucky to fall up short in an absorbing contest.
Ross Taylor – 4/10 – Struggled to find his usual rhythm in what almost certainly will be his last ever World Cup appearance. Was unlucky to be given out lbw.
Tom Latham – 8/10 – Played a wonderful innings of 47 off just 55 balls. Looked to be heading towards a big score before chipping to mid-on.
Jimmy Neesham – 8/10 – Timing the ball cleanly before miscuing to mid-on for 19. Dismissed Eoin Morgan with his first delivery. Almost won New Zealand the game with his maximum in the super-over, but it wasn’t to be.
Colin de Grandhomme – 7/10 – Made a scratchy 16 runs and never looked comfortable after being hit with an Archer bouncer. Influential with the ball however, conceding just 25 runs from his ten overs.
Mitchell Santner – 3/10 – Was only given three overs with the ball. Failed to make any impression with the bat.
Matt Henry – 7/10 – Beat Jason Roy’s outside edge on several occasions early on. Bowled seven overs on the spin and was unlucky not to get more than just a solitary wicket for his efforts.
Trent Boult – 6/10 – Normally a big threat, but today wasn’t the case. Went for 67 runs of his ten overs. Was given the ball for the super-over but failed to impress after conceding 15 runs.
Lockie Ferguson – 6/10 – Slightly expensive, with his three wickets going at a cost of 50 runs. Produced a brilliant diving catch to remove the England Captain.
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