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England gets an extra run in final by mistake

England was mistakenly awarded an extra run during its nail-biting World Cup win over New Zealand at Lord’s, a member of the sport’s chief rules committee told media yesterday.

A freak fielding deflection off Ben Stokes’ bat that raced to the boundary saw the team awarded six runs with three balls to go in the final over on Sunday.

Scores were tied at the end of regular play and the resulting Super Over shoot-out, with England then handed its first-ever World Cup victory for its superior boundary count.

But former umpire Simon Taufel told Fox Sports Australia that umpires had made a “clear mistake,” as the batsmen had not crossed for their second run.

“They should have been awarded five runs, not six,” he said, adding that England’s Adil Rashid should have faced the second-last ball instead of Stokes as a result.

Taufel, a five-time winner of the International Cricket Council’s Umpire of the Year award, now sits on the Marylebone Cricket Club laws sub-committee, the worldwide custodian of cricket’s sometimes obscure rules of play.

The Australian defended the match umpires, who he said had to make a complicated judgement, and said it would be “unfair” to say the decision altered the outcome of the tournament.

“Unfortunately that sort of thing happens from time to time. It’s a part of the game that we play,” Taufel said. “I don’t wish to nitpick, just hope it never happens in such moments ever again.”

England, which often cited a humiliating defeat by New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup as the catalyst for its climb to the top of the one-day international rankings, finally has a World Cup win to go with its three losing appearances in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals.

By contrast, defeat is devastating for New Zealand, which is also looking to win the trophy for the first time after being well beaten by Australia in the 2015 showpiece.

Meanwhile, England’s Jofra Archer said that reassuring words by allrounder Stokes helped him overcome nerves before the Super Over, the paceman said.

England set New Zealand a victory target of 16 runs in the Super Over after both teams were tied on 241 after 50 overs, and Archer conceded only 15 to deliver the title for the hosts on boundary count.

The trophy had briefly appeared to slip from England’s grasp when the 24-year-old started the Super Over with a wide before Jimmy Neesham struck him for a six to leave the Black Caps needing seven runs from four balls.

“I think it was going fine until the six ... Stokes told me before the over ‘win or lose, today doesn’t define you. Everyone believes in you’,” Barbados-born Archer, who made his England debut in May, told reporters.

Stokes is no stranger to heartbreak in a high-pressure game, having conceded four successive sixes in the T20 World Cup final loss to the West Indies in Kolkata, India, three years ago.

“He came to talk to me because of that. He probably went through the same emotions, the same feelings but being on the losing side,” Archer added.

British media hailed Eoin Morgan’s men for ending a 44-year wait for a 50-overs World Cup title in a tense final.

“England do not win World Cups very often but when they do, blimey, they make the nation suffer for its glory,” wrote Matt Dickinson in the Times.


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