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England captures first Cricket World Cup win

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Published on July 15, 2019 - Duration: 01:50s

England captures first Cricket World Cup win

England fans were ecstatic after their cricket team beat New Zealand in an dramatic match that may go down as one of the most nail-biting in the sport's history.

The team ended their 44-year wait for a 50-overs World Cup title by a tiebreaker.

Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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England captures first Cricket World Cup win

Cricket fans were dumbstruck by the World Cup final Sunday (July 14) when England beat New Zealand even though both teams scored 241.

A Super Over followed, the first in the World Cup's 44-year history.

Both sides got to face an extra six balls - only to see both score 15.

England were handed victory by virtue of scoring more boundaries.

England's players were shocked after their victory.

Bowler Chris Woakes called it the best cricket match he's played.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND OPENING BOWLER CHRIS WOAKES SAYING ON WHETHER IT IS THE BEST GAME OF CRICKET HE HAS PLAYED: "The fact that we came out on the winning side of it in particular is a bizarre last hour or so.

You know I thought we were dead and buried.

We tied somehow and a super over in a final, a World Cup final, it's incredible, and the fact that we have come out on top is, you know, pretty special." As England's innings drew to a closer it seemed like it was all over.

But some aggressive batting and sheer luck put them back on track in a nail-biting match for the history books.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN AUSTEN BUSHROD, SAYING: "So close, so many little fine points, yeah, it was saved on the boundaries, stepped over the field, hit Stokes' bat, wow.

Jofra Archer at the end (was) amazing." New Zealand had been chasing its own first World Cup win.

Some were reluctant to accept the loss.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND FAN TOM REDFYRD, SAYING: "I think...I don't want to be bitter, it was a great game.

It seems like sharing the trophy would be the right result.

Both teams got just as many runs as each other and the rule that decides it being the boundaries in the game just makes no sense and on the basis of what happened today the ICC should review it." None of that may matter much to euphoric English fans celebrating victory.

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