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'Champagne Super Over': How the media reacted to England's World Cup triumph over New Zealand

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The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Otago Daily Tines

England's dramatic victory over New Zealand dominated the front and back pages of the country's newspapers on Monday after they claimed their first ever men's Cricket World Cup title at Lord's.

"Champagne Super Over" and "Super Heroes" were common themes after what was called "English cricket's greatest ever day".

It was a different story Down Under. Sunday's final began at 10 pm in New Zealand and ended about 6.30 am when many dejected fans had to drag themselves away from their TVs and head wearily to work.

Some of those fans were still trying to work out how New Zealand lost. New Zealand scored 241-8 and bowled out England for 241. In almost any one-day international tournament that would be a New Zealand win.

But under World Cup final rules, the tied match went to a Super Over in which the best batsmen of one team try to score the most runs against a nominated bowler from the other.

Both teams scored 15 runs in that over but England won on a countback of boundaries scored during the match.

Here's how the two countries reacted to the extraordinary final.


The Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph
"Champagne Super Over"

The Times

The Times
The Times, sports pages


The Guardian's front page

Daily Mail

Daily Mail front page


Metro front page
Metro Sport

Daily Mirror

Daily Mirror
Mirror Sport

Daily Express

Daily Express

Former stars react

Former England spinner Graeme Swann led the congratulations to cricket's new world champions saying he felt like crying, singing and screaming all at once.

Swann was joined in congratulating the winners by England's key Test match bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Broad's sentiment was echoed by a number of former England players, including Ravi Bopara, who described it as "probably the best game of cricket in history", and Luke Wright who tweeted: "Huge congratulations @englandcricket. So special. Best match I've ever watched. Feel for @BLACKCAPS but let's hope that this match has inspired so many young kids to get into cricket!"

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen simply tweeted a trophy emoji, while Alec Stewart wrote: "CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD. How good does that sound? Congratulations @englandcricket.

"Every one of the playing and backroom staff are heroes. Celebrate like never before".

New Zealand

New Zealand Herald

In New Zealand, the newspapers were being printed just as the match was starting so the job of covering the drama fell to the websites, TV and radio, and social media.

The press consoled themselves as the country was hailed as the world's best losers.

New Zealand Herald's website homepage
New Zealand Herald's sports page


In an opinion piece on Stuff, Mark Reason said "this is a team of champions, both as cricketers and men".

"Win or lose, they have reacted with the utter decency and humility of their captain. This is one of New Zealand's greatest ever teams, and never mind if the All Blacks win the World Cup again, Williamson's men should win the Halberg award because they have made a country proud to watch sport for what it is. A glorious game."

Stuff's homepage

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

Ben Stokes' parents react Down Under

With the match ending at 6.30am on Monday, much of the reaction from New Zealand came on social media and the radio.

England match-winner Ben Stokes was born in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where his parents Gerard and Deb Stokes still live.

Gerard Stokes, who played rugby league for New Zealand, told Radio New Zealand he was proud of his son's performance but also sad for New Zealand.

"I'm sad for every supporter of cricket in New Zealand but I don't think anyone could be too disappointed with that game," he said.

He said the grit shown by his son in his match-winning innings of 84 not out "is part of his Kiwi make-up, so we can claim some part of it."

Some supporters immediately vented anger at the rules which allowed a team which had been bowled out to bat again. One forlorn fan asked how a team could be beaten by zero runs. Former New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris was unhappy with the sport's governing body and tweeted "nice work @ICC ... you are a joke!!!"

Others took the defeat with more resignation.

Actor Sam Neill, an ardent cricket fan, posted "great ambassadors. Couldn't be more proud. Gracious in the narrowest of defeats."

The New Zealand All Blacks, who have won their last two Rugby World Cup finals, tweeted: "Thanks for the ride you have taken us on over the past six weeks, @BLACKCAPS. You have done New Zealand proud and can hold your heads high."

New Zealand's Tour de France star George Bennett watched the end of the match as he was recovering on the massage table.

Issuing a few expletives, he slapped his hand into the massage table and shut his laptop in frustration at the cruel defeat.

New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson, who watched the match at Lord's, told Radio New Zealand: "I think that was probably the greatest game of one-day cricket ever played and for New Zealand to be part of it is something really special."

"Obviously, it didn't end the way we would all have wanted, but I'm incredibly proud of the way the team played," Robertson said. "They were so gutsy and they play cricket the way it should be played."

Robertson added: "They are loved by other fans all around the world because of the way they play the game."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took pride in how the New Zealanders played and responded.

"I feel nothing but pride in Kane and the team. It was an outstanding tournament but that final match will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most memorable games," Ardern said in a statement. "And it was played by Black Caps who are just outstanding sportsmen, plain and simple. They absolutely deserve our admiration. They certainly have mine."

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