Barbadian-born Jofra Archer, overcome with emotion, getting a pat on the shoulder from Man-of-the-Match Ben Stokes. (Picture courtesy Cricket World Cup.)
The familiar saying “you’ll find a Bajan anywhere in the world” hit home in the historic ICC Cricket World Cup final when England won a most thrilling match to stun New Zealand at Lord’s.
With a Super Over left to decide which team would win cricket’s most prestigious trophy, Barbadian-born Jofra Archer produced the most important six balls of his life to ensure that England won their first title.
The Black Caps needed two runs to win from the final ball in Archer’s over, but a superb throw from Jason Roy in the deep saw Martin Guptill agonisingly run out, as Kane Williamson’s side finished runners-up for the second successive men’s World Cup.
Jimmy Neesham had struck a magnificent six to leave New Zealand with seven to win from four balls but Archer’s resolve shone through, with England prevailing due to scoring more boundaries in the match and Super Over combined. It was the first time that a One-Day International was decided by this method. (BW)
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