Weybridge wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:20 am
For a match which was ebbing and flowing by the tiniest of margins for 97 overs it was a fascinating and explosive climax.
Seems to be a lot of disgust for the overthrow moment, but that’s the rule. Same for a World Cup Final, same for Sunday Village cricket. And if the ball had ricocheted off a fielders helmet, the stumps or even the umpire instead of Stokes’ bat, the outcome is still the same : runs completed plus 4 (well, five for the helmet)
Anyway, brilliant work from England to drag it over the line just as it seemed lost. Commiserations to the Kiwis too, who took it in good grace - and probably better than any other team in the world would have done (including us).
Sadly I was unable to watch much of it - in fact, I only watched the last little bit, when my son's phone battery gave out, and we put it on the main telly (the rest of the family weren't interested). And suddenly the rest of the family were interested.
Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. I have every sympathy for NZ, when the ball hit Stokes' bat, and 6 runs were scored. Equally, though, they contributed to their own downfall, with Trent Boult stepping on the boundary rope - I didn't feel he was particularly off-balance from the catch. Fair play to his compatriot, I forget who it was, who signalled the 6 back to the umpires.