On a typically overcast, English summers’ day, England won their first-ever Cricket World Cup; the finals at Wimbledon threw up some surprises and a record-breaking win at Silverstone capped it all off
England beat New Zealand in a thrilling match at Lord’s yesterday to win their first-ever Cricket World Cup. In a match that will go down as one of the most exciting in recent history, Eoin Morgan’s men held their nerve after going into a Super Over after the teams were tied 241-8 after 50-overs.
Ben Stokes was the hero-of-the-day, scoring an incredible 84 not out. Both teams scored 15 runs in the Super Over, but England’s boundary total of 26 compared to New Zealand’s 17 was enough to complete their remarkable turnaround since going out at the group stage at the last World Cup.
On a fantastic weekend of sport, Novak Djokovic won the men’s title at Wimbledon after a record-breaking four hour and 57-minute match against Roger Federer; while on Saturday, Simona Halep became the first Romanian women’s champion when she upset the odds to beat Serena Williams in just 56 minutes.
Halep beat Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 to add Wimbledon to the French Open she won last year. The win will rise Halep up to fourth in the world rankings and she had previously only beaten Williams once in the previous ten matches.
Djokovic, meanwhile, beat Federer 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) to eventually win the men’s singles title in the longest men’s final ever at Wimbledon. In a tense game that could have gone either way, the World Number One saved two championship points and won a final-set tie-break to claim his fifth Wimbledon title.
In motor racing, Lewis Hamilton won a record sixth British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, breaking Jim Clark’s 52-year-old record. Hamilton is now 39-points clear in the championship as he searches for his sixth championship.
Hamilton produced a display of the highest quality as he put Valtteri Bottas under pressure from the start of the race before pulling away from the field after his first stop. Hamilton was visibly overwhelmed and said: “It definitely hasn’t sunk in. I still remember my first win here, my first pole here. Every year it’s such a challenge. This track is amazing – like poetry in motion.
“Just the excitement, the happiness and the enjoyment I felt is exactly the same as then. I’ve done so many races, you would think that you would get used to it, but it felt just as amazing as the first win I ever had.
“So really grateful to all those people who have helped me achieve that.
“This is the greatest single moment any athlete in the world can have, to raise their flag as the number one, the gold [medal winner], whatever it may be, in their own country.”
There is still more sport this summer including, The British Open, the final of the Tour de France, the Netball World Cup and the start of the Premier League in August.
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