England won their maiden World Cup title with a win over New Zealand in the final on Sunday. The World Cup-winning England team comprises players belonging to Pakistan, South Africa and Barbados. England are world champions after tying with New Zealand on 241 each after their respective 50 overs. They both scored 15 in the super-over shootout but England won thanks to hitting more boundaries in their 50 overs. It is England’s first ever Cricket World Cup and follows final defeats in 1979, 1987 and 1992
Ben Stokes was England’s hero with the bat after he clubbed 15 from the last over of the regular innings, including a bizarre six by way of four overthrows. He was made man of the match.England’s captain Eoin Morgan said: “It’s been an absolutely incredible journey ,I still can’t quite believe it.” “I certainly hope participation levels go up or continue to rise,” said Morgan, who has overseen England’s climb from the depths of a miserable first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.
England, set 242 to win, were dismissed for 241, with Ben Stokes stranded on 84 not out after Mark Wood was run out off the last ball of regulation play. They then made 15 in their additional Super Over, bowled by Trent Boult, before New Zealand matched that in their own Super Over, bowled by Jofra Archer. But with Martin Guptill run out off the last ball of the match going for the winning run, England triumphed on boundary count during the match — 26 to 17. England had a moment of astonishing good fortune with a bonus four runs during their main innings when a Guptill throw deflected off the bat of Stokes, who was diving to make his ground