WELLINGTON: Cricket followers in New Zealand had been heartbroken on Monday after their crew got here excruciatingly near a maiden cricket World Cup victory, solely to lose to England on complete boundaries scored.
“Finish of the World! Black Caps lose by zero runs,” screamed a headline within the New Zealand Herald newspaper.
“It was merciless. It was unbelievable. It was one of many biggest sporting encounters you’ll ever see. And it broke New Zealand’s hearts,” mentioned a column within the paper.
About 12,000 miles from Lord’s, New Zealanders stayed up by means of the evening watching at pubs, faculty campuses and their properties, cheering for an underdog crew that reached the ultimate with inspiring all-round performances led by skipper Kane Williamson.
However the pleasure turned to despair earlier than daybreak as England emerged winners in an exhilarating end.
With the match tied after England had been bowled out for 241 with the final ball of the 50th over, each groups scored 15 runs in a nerve-jangling Tremendous Over. However the house facet claimed the trophy as a result of they’d hit extra boundaries within the match.
Native radio station hosts in New Zealand capital Wellington described empty roads on Monday as individuals took the time off to mourn the loss.
“Good work @ICC … you’re a joke!!!” former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris wrote on Twitter, lashing out on the sport’s world governing physique over the boundary rule.
Congrats to each groups in World Cup last. Beautiful effort from two champion groups
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 14, 2019
Shared. This isnt franchise cricket, neither is it a match to discover a winner to advance a stage. It was two fabulous groups who battled for 100 overs. Merely a tie https://t.co/PywsqHrDRE
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 15, 2019
Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming described the loss as “merciless”.
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) July 14, 2019
“The blokes are shattered. It’s devastating. Robust to swallow,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson mentioned on the presentation ceremony.
England had been helped alongside the best way by luck, together with a deflection off high run scorer Ben Stokes’ outstretched bat which ran to the boundary within the 50th over.
“Cricket is a sport usually determined by centimetres. And so it was immediately,” New Zealand’s Sports activities Minister Grant Robertson wrote on Twitter.
Stokes’ father, who lives in New Zealand’s South Island metropolis of Christchurch, mentioned he was thrilled for his son however bitterly disillusioned for New Zealand.
He even urged sharing the trophy.
“They might have shared the trophy however that doesn’t appear to be how issues are achieved lately,” Gerard Stokes informed the New Zealand Herald.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who watched the match by means of the evening, mentioned she felt nothing however pleasure for the crew.
“I feel as a nation all of us aged a yr in that tremendous over,” Ardern mentioned in a publish on Instagram.
“I really feel nothing however pleasure. What a crew,” she added.