New Zealand’s Cricket World Cup dream is over, in the most shattering of circumstances.
Another wonderful, committed performance from the Black Caps came up agonisingly short as England hoisted the trophy for the first time and left the New Zealanders with successive final defeats.
England hit more boundaries and so while New Zealand drew level with 15 of their own with their two power men they needed to get one more run to clinch it.
The New Zealanders were devastated and deserved better. In the circumstances a shared trophy would have been fairer as they somehow had to digest defeat when they did so many things right.
Their captain Kane Williamson led superbly throughout and was named player of the tournament, a hugely influential figure in their run to the final who ended with 578 runs at 82.57.
It was as tense as a final could get: both sides tied on 241 and the contest decided by a Super Over.
England’s chase was a nerve-jangling rollercoaster from the start.
Opener Jason Roy looked gone first ball lbw to a Boult inswinger but he survived New Zealand’s challenge by centimetres. Matt Henry was superb again, hitting the seam and nipping it about and dangerman Roy (17) didn’t last much longer.
New Zealand needed to cripple England’s top order like they did against India but it didn’t quite happen.
Williamson had a tricky call after winning the toss in what looked ideal bowling conditions. He went with the trend at Lord’s where all four cup matches were won by the bat first team on a drying surface.
It was a positive move to get runs on the board amid the pressure of a final, with memories fresh of the way they skittled India defending a modest total. England’s three tournament defeats were all when chasing, too.
No one really knew if 241-8 was enough, but on a tricky pitch with swing in the air it was potentially enough, just two more than they managed against India.