World Cup victory “means everything” for England, says Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan said winning the World Cup for the first time by beating New Zealand in an extraordinary final at Lord's on Sunday (July 14) was a fitting reward for years of hard work by his players.

England, eliminated at the group stage after a dismal performance in the World Cup four years ago, won by virtue of hitting more boundaries after the match, and a Super Over, both ended in ties.

New Zealand made 241 for eight after winning the toss and England were in trouble when they slumped to 86 for four.

But a 110-run fifth-wicket partnership between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler gave the hosts a chance, and Stokes went on to make 84 not out as England were dismissed for 241 off the final ball of their 50 overs.

Stokes and Buttler returned to score 15 in England’s Super Over before Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill made 15 for New Zealand, leaving England as the winners because they hit more boundaries in the match.

Morgan praised Stokes and his partnership with Buttler adding that he wanted all of his team to try and enjoy the experience in order to cope with the situation.

New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, said the defeat was “gutting” but congratulated England after winning by the finest of margins.

(Production: Tim Hart)

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