England’s triumphant cricketers celebrated with their wives and girlfriends after winning the World Cup in a nail-biting climax at Lord’s on Sunday.
All-rounder Ben Stokes kissed his partner Clare on the hallowed turf of the ‘Home of Cricket’ after he helped England win the trophy – less than a year after he was on trial over a late-night brawl.
Stokes hit a six in the final over to force a tie, and scored another eight runs in the deciding Super Over – which was also tied, giving England the win because they had scored more boundaries during the match.
Also celebrating on the Lord’s outfield was batsman Jason Roy, who helped steer England to glory with a thrilling innings against Australia in the semi-final.
Kiss of victory: Ben Stokes celebrates with his partner Clare after he helped England to World Cup victory amid unthinkable drama in the cricket final against New Zealand
Celebration: Stokes embraces his partner on the outfield at Lord’s, the scene of one of English cricket’s greatest victories
Something else to lift: England batsman Jason Roy celebrates with his daughter after winning the World Cup final at Lord’s
Happy family: England’s Chris Woakes celebrates with Amie Louise Woakes and the Cricket World Cup trophy on Sunday
Roy held his daughter aloft as the players and their families celebrated on the field as darkness fell, long after the delirious spectators had gone home.
His team-mate Chris Woakes held the trophy in one hand and his wife, Amie Louise Woakes, in the other as he joined in the celebrations.
On the Lord’s balcony, a crowd of wives, girlfriends and children were cheering for the England cricketers as they overcame New Zealand to lift the trophy for the first time.
An exhausted Stokes told Sky Sports: ‘I’m pretty lost for words. All that hard work for four years and now to be stood here as champions of the world, it’s an amazing feeling.
‘This is where we aspired to be and to manage to come here and do it in such a good game, I don’t think there will ever be a better game of cricket in history than that.
‘Playing against New Zealand is always tough, they’re a seriously good team. We had some luck at times and I said to Kane (Williamson) that I will be apologising for what happened for the rest of my life.’
Stokes was referring to an incident late in the final over of the 50 which saw him diving to beat Martin Guptill’s throw, inadvertently steering the ball to the ropes for four runs.
Youngest fan: Jason Roy, whose brilliant knock against Australia in the semi-final put England en route to Sunday’s final, holds his baby in his arms as the team celebrates victory
Looking up: Roy holds up his baby, Everly, with the storied pavilion of Lord’s – the Home of Cricket – behind them
Supporters: The England players are cheered on from the balcony as they beat New Zealand amid unthinkable drama
I’ve earned it: Ben Stokes holds a beer bottle as he joins his team-mates and their families on the turf at Lord’s last night
The match itself ended in gripping drama after England and New Zealand were tied after batting for 50 overs each, sending the World Cup final to an unprecedented tie-breaker.
Both sides had made exactly 241 in 50 overs, England recovering to match New Zealand’s total after they had slipped to a problematic 86 for four.
A tie is a relative rarity in itself, but what happened next was even more extraordinary.
To break the tie, both teams were given one over – six balls – to score as many runs as possible. But the Super Over also failed to separate the sides, who scored 15 runs each.
As a result, the fate of the World Cup came down to which team had scored more boundaries – fours and sixes – during the final.
England racked up 24 boundaries, while New Zealand scored 16.
As a result, when England’s Jos Buttler broke the stumps to run out New Zealand’s batsman with the scores still level, it was England who claimed their World Cup triumph in the most dramatic fashion possible.
We’re on your side: England players are cheered on from the stands during a nail-biting final in London on Sunday
Centre of attention: Ben Stokes celebrates with team-mates after playing a decisive role in England’s dramatic triumph