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New Zealand fans agonize after defeat in the Cricket World Cup final



New Zealand's Trent Boult looks dejected after his team's defeat during the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England.

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New Zealand cricketers were dismayed on Monday after their team came terribly close to the first World Cup cricket victory, only to lose to England in the total points scored.

"The end of the world! The Black Caps lose by zero runs," shouted a headline in the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

"It was cruel, it was amazing, it was one of the best sporting matches you'll ever see, and it broke the hearts of New Zealand," a column in the newspaper said.

About 12,000 miles from Lord's, New Zealanders spent the night watching pubs, college campuses and their homes, cheering on a weaker team that made it to the finals with inspiring performances from around the world led by skipper Kane Williamson .

But the excitement turned to despair before dawn when England emerged victorious in an exciting finale.

With the game tied after England was eliminated by 241 with the last ball of the 50th, the two teams scored 15 runs in a Super Over with nervousness. But the local team claimed the trophy because they had reached more limits in the game.

The hosts of the local radio station in the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, described empty roads on Monday when people took the day off to mourn the loss.

"Good job @ICC … you're kidding!" Former New Zealand cricketer, Scott Styris, wrote on Twitter, attacking the governing body of sport worldwide by the rule of limits.

The former captain of the Black Caps, Stephen Fleming, described the loss as "cruel".

"The boys are devastated, it's devastating, it's hard to swallow," said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at the presentation ceremony.

England got help along the way thanks to good fortune, including a deviation from the extended hitter by top scorer Ben Stokes who reached the limit in the 50th.

"Cricket is a game that is often decided by centimeters, and that's how it was today," New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson wrote on Twitter.

Stokes' father, who lives in the city of Christchurch, on the southern island of New Zealand, said he was excited for his son, but was deeply disappointed by New Zealand.

He even suggested sharing the trophy.

"They could have shared the trophy, but that does not seem to be how things are done these days," Gerard Stokes told the New Zealand Herald.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who watched the game during the night, said she felt nothing but pride for the team.

"I think, as a nation, we've all aged a year in that super," Ardern said in an Instagram post.

"I do not feel anything but pride, what a team," he added.


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