In division 1 there have been some very exciting cricket. Essex is top of the table with Somerset closely following them only 4 points behind them. Essex has a lot of momentum with them after a few good wins. However, Somerset lost to Essex a couple of games ago and now lost to Yorkshire. The t20’s have come at the perfect time for Somerset. A different format to focus on and when they come back the mental scarring won’t be there. However, with Essex, a format they didn’t do very well in could halt there momentum. Especially if they lose a lot of t20’s. Rooted to the bottom of the table is Notts. 38 points clear adrift after getting beaten by Surrey. With a team with Broad, Clarke, Moores, Chappel and now Ashwin it’s hard to see how they are here. But they are and now they are going to get relegated. In the middle, it is very congested but no teams in the middle are going to get promoted or relegated. Very hard to stay motivated.
In Division 2 Lancashire is clear by 32 points and will definitely finish first. However, from 2nd to 7th, there are only 27 points separating them. These teams are Glamorgan, Northants, Durham, Middlesex, Derbyshire and Sussex. They are all very good team’s but I think Lancashire will finish first Durham 2nd and Glamorgan 3rd. Having all these teams fighting to be promoted is very good for the game. From 1st to second anyone could win it.
So the world is over. England champions of the world cup. The 4 semi-finalists were India, New Zealand, Australia and England. These are the best 4 teams in the world. They completely deserved to be there. It was a great spectacle for the game with no teams who didn’t deserve it being in the top 4. Also, the tournament as a whole went really well with low scoring games and competitive chases. One thing that people were saying was that it would be really high scores. But it wasn’t it was a really good balance between bat and ball. That is the healthiest pitches for entertainment in cricket. The fans who had been entertained were brilliant. At Taunton when Shakib and Das put on a partnership of more than 100 to win the game it was awesome. For that hour Bangladesh was absolutely crazy. Mexican waves, loud shouting and big noise when boundaries were hit. Bangladesh was a credit to there country with there fans and their cricket. They turned up and now teams don’t take them likely and you can see why. South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka really disappointed. 7,5 and 8 points. Really from these teams, you should expect better. They have so much talent. But a team that surprised a bit was Australia. Batting and bowling so well they are on a good road back to there 2015 form.
But this world cup was brilliant and one I will never forget.
So the morning after England won the world cup. It still hasn’t really sunk in. England is now the first team to win the cricket football and rugby world cup. What an achievement. In the end, you could see how much it meant to all of those players. After 102 overs of cricket, they finally won it. Everyone was running in different directions and it was just extraordinary. The bottle that Jofra showed was just immense. After starting with a debatable wide and then a few balls later being hit for 6 to come back shows character. Neither did Stokes in the super over or the final over. Showing how fit he is and keeping call under pressure. Going forward for England this us good because if there is a tight game in the world t20 final or the ashes we will be more prepared. After what Stokes he been through he deserved to win the world cup for England. Not just the world t20 but the Bristol incident, when Marlon Samuels saluted him when he wasn’t picked for the 2015 world cup. Many have doubted him. But he today showed that he is the best allrounder in cricket. People will look back in 10 years time and compare his innings to Ms Dohni in 2011. But this was even better. Ben Stokes we all salute you. An innings that may get forgotten is Jos Butlers knock. Although he fell before the end without his contribution we wouldn’t have won. He had a quiet world cup but that 50 was like gold dust. All the English player’s careers haven’t been straight forward wood and Plunkett injury-riddled and Jofra and Morgan having to switch countries. Putting all of there career behind them all of the England players should be so proud. Now the test team need to use this momentum to win Ashes.
Coming into it both teams were unchanged. New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. New Zealand made a streaky start with Guptill charging down the pitch first ball. Then Nicholls referred an lbw decision that was given out. It was overturned. Guptill having settled down was then lbw tow Woakes missing a big shot. New Zealand 29-1 after 6.2 overs. They slowed up and at the end of the powerplay were 33-1. Nicholls and Williamson rebuilt with a Partnership of 74 taking New Zealand to 103-2. Williamson out caught behind for 30. A key wicket from Plunkett. Henry Nicholls kept batting well and brought up his 50 off 71 balls in the 26th over. Very good innings. Then Plunkett got him a very good 53 but he was bowled off a very good ball. New Zealand 118-3 in the 27th over. Latham to join Taylor. They put on 24 before Taylor on 15 was adjudged lbw. This was of woods the first ball of his new spell. neesham joined Latham. He started with intent. He hit a positive 19 in combination with Latham before he fell. Chipping another cross-seam Plunkett delivery to mid off. New Zealand in trouble 173-5 off 39 overs and in need a partnership. Plunkett bowled out in the 41st with the super figures of 3/41. Jofra back into the attack. Grandhomme came in and clogged up 28 deliveries getting 16. He never looked comfortable and chipped the ball straight up to mid on. Woakes 2nd. New Zealand 219 For 6 with 19 balls left. England bowled well from here restricting New Zealand to 241-8. A brilliant all-round bowling performance from all the bowlers. It’s game on but England is favourites here.
England made a nervy start with Roy nearly being given out the first ball of the innings. He was saved by umpire’s call. Roy fell caught behind off Henry for 17 leaving England in a bit of bother at 28-1. Bairstow was batting well though and Root joined him. With Bairstow on 18, Grandhomme dropped a simple caught and bowled chance. Could this be a big moment? Well, root followed after looking scratchy with his 7 runs coming off 30 balls. 59/2 at drinks. Morgan joined Bairstow with a partnership needed. That isn’t what they got. They only added 13 before Bairstow chopped on. Ferguson’s ball was just a bit to close to cut. England still on top though with the run rate below 6. Morgan fell with a great catch from Ferguson who had roughed him up with a few short ones the previous overs. Morgan out Butler in England 86-4. Butler and stokes put an assured 50 partnership in 65 balls. They need to go on though. At 138-4 neesham missed a simple enough run-out opportunity. Stokes would have been gone. Off the last 10 overs, England needed 72 with Stokes on 43 and Butler on 42. Butler reached his fifty with 55 off 40 needed. An outstanding knock by the Somerset man. In the same over Stokes brought up his fifty off 81 balls. But let fell for a run a ball 59 with them still needing 46 off 31. In came Woakes. In the final 4 overs, England needed 39. Nail biting stuff. But with the first ball of the next over Woakes was out. Ferguson with the wickets. In came Liam Plunkett. 3 overs 34 needed. The first ball went for 4 a good hit from Stokes, 1 then 2 a dot. Boundary needed. 24 were needed off two overs. Just the one to start, then another one then Plunkett caught in the deep. 22 off 9. It went high and boult caught it but stepped on the rope. 16 off 8. Archer was bowled 15 off the final over. Boult to bowl to Stokes. Dot Dot 6.9 off 3. 2 stokes dives it hit him and went for 4. 3 of 2. A runout 2 of 1 needed. 1 and a super over. Ben Stokes is a legend the best innings in a while for England.
first ball 3
Second ball 1 stokes on strike
3rd ball 4 sweep from stokes brilliant batting
4th ball 1 butler on strike
5th ball perfect yorker butler scrambled 2
6th ball butler 4
New Zealand need 15.
Archer to bowl Guptill and Neesham to bat
1st ball wide unfortunate- 2
2nd ball-6 7 from 4
3rd ball- misfield 2 5 from 3
4th ball- 2 3 from 2 wrong end
5th ball- 1
6th ball 2 from 1 needed run out
England win the world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today is the world cup final. England take on New Zealand at lords. If England win this could propel them with momentum to win the ashes. The whole country is behind the England cricket team. Even if we don’t win the world cup final I feel the country will be proud of there efforts. If they do win the world cup and ashes it would be bigger then the 2005 ashes for the English game. As a 14-year-old, I feel blessed that this is all happening when I am a child. It means so many more of my friends are already getting into cricket. I wonder the impact of a world cup win on the country?
The toss, the toss may be important on the day. England I feel can win batting or bowling first. However New Zealand have to bat first. If England bat first they will win. They have too much firepower and will score over 300. Furthermore, we have already seen that New Zealand’s batting is fairly weak. For New Zealand Guptill has to fire. He sets the tone as an opener so if he can find the class he has it will give New Zealand a bigger chance of winning. I fell that it will be a 300 pitch. In The Royal London final 244-8 was chased down in 43.3 overs with 4 wickets down. So the pitch will be like that today. England have to play there positive brand of cricket that has got them to where they are today. If they don’t I feel they could bottle it and lose. Whatever they do first Either batting Roy and Bairstow have to set the tone or Woakes and Archer with the ball. The first ten overs will most likely decide the world cup.
Woakes 3-20 and a blistering 85 were the key to Englands 8 wicket win. But this was not just down to one person it was a complete team performance. Stokes and Butler didn’t bat but Butlers run out stopped Smith possibly propelling Australia to 250 and taking the momentum with them. Stokes wood and Plunkett all met at under 6. Not all of your bowlers have to take wickets.
England made a dream start with Archer getting Finch out for a duck. Woakes backed him up with two wickets. Australia 14-3. Carey had his helmet smashed off by Archer but he and Smith rebuilt well. Then at 118-3, Carey was caught in the deep of Rashid then Stoinis fell LBW to the same bowler. Australia 118-5. They never really pushed on and were all out for 223. Smith with 85 was the only notable score.
England also made a dream start with the bat. Roy and Bairstow took on the quick’s and then dominated the spinners. Steve Smith came on as a last chance saloon. You hit for 4 ginormous sixes. Then against the run of play, Bairstow was LBW to Starc. Then Roy had to go after a terrible caught behind decision down the leg-side. England 147-2 and 155-2 after 20 overs. Still in control. Morgan and Root comfortably saw England home with 45 and 49 respectively.
A great team performance and England are favourites heading into Sunday.