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New Zealand's James Neesham and Martin Guptill squared the ledger from their six deliveries, but couldn't hit the front after Guptill was run out pushing for the win.

Williamson, who will go down in history as both bearded sweetheart and sorted braveheart of the game, was so humble, so self aware and so righteous that he ended up being bigger than the game on a day when the game could not be bigger.

On Sunday, Ben Stokes delivered one of the most memorable performances in the history of English sport.

"We find it hard to play on wickets like that, like good teams do around the world but today it was about getting over the line".

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England, who have often cited a humiliating defeat by New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup as the catalyst for their climb to the top of the one-day global rankings, finally have a World Cup win to go with their three losing appearances in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals.

In spite of the final result, the New Zealand team found support and praise from critics and fans across the world.

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The match, which England won on boundary count, was watched by more than 8 million people in Britain.

"I walked up to Jof [Jofra Archer] before he bowled that super over and told him, 'Whatever happens from here, this isn't going to define your career because I've been through a tough time before", Stokes said to Star Sports after the game. I was full of adrenaline so I needed to make sure my head was in the right place'.

"It was a fitting end to what has been a great tournament, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in once again making our country a sporting showcase for the world".

"Sorry, but pitches have been garbage this tournament", former England player Mark Butcher said. He felt New Zealand could do nothing but accept their fate. "That is one", he said of the idea of having several Super Overs, again and again, until there's a victor. But the final has been deemed as the greatest World Cup final of all-time challenging even the 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa.

The trip to Downing Street came with the players still processing their achievement, having brought home the trophy for the first time in a nail-biting conclusion to a hard-fought contest. "I wasn't celebrating. It is not something you celebrate or cheer", said Morgan. When England won the 2005 Ashes, the sport went berserk in the United Kingdom - similar to rugby in 2003 when the men won their World Cup - so if you're looking at legacy, there is a good chance the feats by the men's cricketers will be more spoken about. "I guess it was just meant to be", he added.

"It will take a little bit of time...you get waves".

Here are a few tweets, even by current and former cricketers, to illustrate the outrage.

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