England win Cricket World Cup in Super Over

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This culminated an unprecedented sudden death "super over" that had ended in a tie, after the two teams had already tied once, both scoring 241 runs, in their regulation 50 overs.

Even then the teams could not be separated, as both scored 15 off their six additional balls with England victorious by virtue of having hit the most boundaries.

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England required 15 from the last over of the regular match.

Stokes was the man to bowl the death over - and was dispatched by Carlos Brathwaite for four sixes.

In glorious evening sunshine, they were roared on by a febrile crowd that belted out Sweet Caroline in the change of innings.

England were reduced to 86 for 4 at one stage and looked to be in trouble. "There was no chance I wasn't going to bat in that Super Over".

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There was a moment of luck for Stokes in the final over when Martin Guptill threw the ball in from the boundary at cover, trying to stop a second run, only to deflect off Stokes' bat as he dived for the line and run away to the boundary for six runs.

It certainly wasn't just one extra run.

Plunkett restored England´s grip on the match with two quick wickets to remove star batsman Williamson for 30 and then Nicholls.

The drama of the finale was at odds with nearly of all the match, which was an attritional affair on a tricky surface.

Slow and steady almost didn't win the race, but it was a frenetic finish that saw Jofra Archer go for a duck and Stokes throw himself headfirst in to secure 241.

Henry dismissed the in-form Jason Roy for 10 and Colin de Grandhomme put a struggling Joe Root (7) out of his misery.

For those who will not be at Lord's - and will not get to hear Agnew's announcements - the match is set to be the first of the tournament to be broadcast on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom after Channel 4 agreed a deal with rights holder Sky.

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Since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 edition of the marquee tournament in Australia, Eoin Morgan's England side have reinvented themselves as a white-ball juggernaut, heading into this World Cup as overwhelming favourites. I don't think there will ever be a better game in cricket than that. We are just enjoying our cricket and it's nice to be getting on a bus to London, rather than flying home. Sometimes it doesn't feel real (playing and performing for his country in the World Cup final).

Off the field, a renewed focus was placed on one-day cricket through the vision of former director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

New Zealand came into this match on the back of three straight group-stage defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England. What a day, what a tournament. Everyone has done everything asked of them.

"To see them at the end when the pressure was on, it was nearly written in the stars for Ben".

"He's had such a tough time, I'm so proud of him and pleased for him and his family". A seriously good team, they're really good lads.

"There are lots of positive things. I said to Kane Williamson I'll be apologising for that for the rest of my life". It was a hard, hard game where people found it hard to score.

Right arm seam bowler Liam Plunkett has been a bit of a journeyman for England over the years. "Lucky enough to get a direct hit from out there, lucky for us he was out of his ground", Guptill said in a short video uploaded by the ICC on social media.

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