England have beaten New Zealand in a thrilling final at Lord’s to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Who are England’s newest world champions? The England squad is made up of 15 new world champions, but they have come from all around the globe.
Captain Eoin Morgan was born in Dublin, Jofra Archer in Barbados and Jason Roy in South Africa. Man of the match Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to Cockermouth in Cumbria when he was 12 when his father Gerard was made head coach at Workington Town rugby league club.
The young Stokes turned out for Cockermouth Cricket Club and is well-remembered there. John Grainger from the club said Stokes’ success had been an inspiration. More than 2,500 people turned out to see England’s hero when he visited the club two years ago, and Mr Grainger said: “He was almost the Pied Piper of Cockermouth.”
Speaking from his home in New Zealand, Stokes’ dad joked he was “probably the most hated father in New Zealand” while his mum Deb said she was “numb” and “hiding under my blanket” during the game.
Mr Stokes said both teams did their nations proud and the game is “already in the annals of folklore as the best game of one-day cricket ever played”. He said: “When we were watching it, it was an incredible feeling to have your son out there doing what he does and then getting right down to the last ball.
“He was very emotional [after the game]. He doesn’t usually show that, but it was a special day for us as a family.”
Mrs Stokes said: “At the end of the game I just cried my eyes out. “[Stokes] was absolutely beaming. I think he was a little bit gobsmacked. He actually said ‘I still can’t believe this’. It was great.
“We’ll probably catch up with him in two or three days for a proper talk.”
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who completed the match-winning run out, comes from the opposite end of England – Somerset. His mother Pat watched her son from the Tavern Stand at Lord’s and said there was some confusion in the final moments surrounding the super over.
“When the scores were level we thought we might have won,” she said.
“Everybody stood around looking and thinking ‘have we won, because we beat them in the group stages?’
“But it wasn’t to be and we had to do it all again.
“We still didn’t know we’d won until Jos set off on his victory charge.”
Ms Buttler said she was able to celebrate with her son in the Long Room at Lord’s and on the pitch after the game but is yet to speak to him the day after he became a world champion.
“I’m told he’s still asleep,” she said.
Meanwhile, celebrations were also under way in Sheffield, home city of Joe Root. Crowds cheered on the batsman at Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club, where the 28-year-old made his cricketing debut. Josh Varley, first-team captain, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic. I can’t put into words how amazing it was.” Chris Stewart, who taught Root at school, remembers the batsman as a “lovely, really well-grounded lad”.
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Mr Stewart, a teacher at Dore Primary School, said: “He was sensible, conscientious, a brilliant artist and obviously a tremendous sportsman.” Reflecting on Sunday’s win, he said: “Nothing will surpass it. It was absolutely tremendous.”
“It was brilliant for the whole country and hopefully it’s going to bring some children on and inspire the next generation of cricketers,” he added. His wife Katie Stewart, who is captain of the collegiate’s women’s cricket team, said: “I feel really humbled and privileged to have a connection here.”
Meanwhile, Royal Mail is releasing special commemorative stamps and repainting post boxes gold and white at each ground which hosted a game in both the men’s and women’s world cups, both tournaments having been won by England. And T20 clubs said they have noticed an increase in ticket sales.
A spokesman for Sussex Cricket Club said: “It’s been really good to have cricket in the public eye for two months and then England winning it.” He said their first game of the season against rivals Surrey on 26 July is “effectively a sell out” while there has also been a rise in the number of season tickets sold.
The Durham Jets said it was too soon to say if the world cup has had an impact but a spokesman said it was expected to have some affect. He also said the number of children going to games has increased although that could be due to other initiatives as well as the world cup.
England’s World Cup winners
- Eoin Morgan (capt) – born Dublin, Ireland
- Moeen Ali – Birmingham
- Jofra Archer – Bridgetown, Barbados
- Jonny Bairstow – Bradford
- Jos Buttler – Taunton
- Tom Curran – Cape Town, South Africa
- Liam Dawson – Swindon
- Liam Plunkett – Middlesbrough
- Adil Rashid – Bradford
- Joe Root – Sheffield
- Jason Roy – Durban, South Africa
- Ben Stokes – Christchurch, New Zealand
- James Vince – Cuckfield, Sussex
- Chris Woakes – Birmingham
- Mark Wood – Ashington, Northumberland