The Summer of 2019 was full of cricket, with England hosting both the Cricket World Cup and the Ashes Series

By bobbi hadgraft, hels jankovich, matt OWEN and millie waller

Cricket World Cup 2019

England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for the first time ever after one of the most amazing and dramatic games of cricket.

In a tense and electric atmosphere at Lord’s, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over.

It meant that England were crowned world champions having scored 26 boundary fours and sixes, compared to New Zealand’s 17, in the entire match.

It came to a barely believable conclusion at the home of cricket, the first tie in a World Cup Final.

England required 15 from the last over of the regular match. Ben Stokes hit a six and then benefitted from a throw which deflected for four overthrows.

He could not get the two needed from the last ball when Mark Wood was run out coming back for the second but ended 84 not out and joined Jos Butler for the super over.

In the glorious evening sunshine, Sweet Caroline was belted out from the crowd in the change of innings.

When New Zealand replied, Jimmy Neesham hit Jofra Archer’s second ball for six, then scrambled to leave Martin Guptill needing two from the last delivery.

That final ball was the all-important one, as Jason Roy’s throw came in from deep mid-wicket, Butler came in diving removing the bails, sending England and the whole of Lord’s into celebration.

The Ashes Series 2019

Eighteen days later, England started again… but this time for the Ashes. After a remarkable display in the World Cup Final against New Zealand, England were determined to carry that victory on, knowing full well this would not be easy.

With Australia winning the toss and opting to bat, the first test proved to be a hard one for the Three Lions. Player of the Match Steve Smith scored a massive 286 runs combined in both innings. Australia won by 251 runs causing panic for the England boys.

The 14th of August marked the start of the second test. With Australia in the lead, they won the toss again, but alternatively chose to bowl. In the first innings we saw England score 258 runs, Burns and Bairstow both scoring over 50. The second test ended in a draw, keeping England in the game.

England finally winning the toss they chose to bowl. This decision was looking to be a good one with England bowling Australia out for 179. After the Aussies looked threatened, the Three Lions looked to be in a good place. With England’s highest scorer Denly with 12 runs off 49 balls it was not looking good. Australia came back with a big 246 in the 2nd innings putting a lot of pressure on England. Player of the Match Ben Stokes saved the day in the Headingly drama by hitting 135 not out, meaning England won by 1 wicket.

With Australia about to retain the ashes, England needed to find another hero or two. But Steve Smith had other ideas scoring 293 runs throughout both innings. Again, the player of the match was proving to be difficult for England to get out. Unfortunately for England, Smith’s star performance meant Australia won by 185 runs.

This was the all-important match for England, the 5th Test. With Australia winning the toss and deciding to bowl, Jos Butler scoring 70 runs and Joe Root with 57, England were showing signs of putting up a fight. The first innings, England were on 294 with Australia behind on 225. The second innings saw Denly hitting 94 runs, along with Hero of Headingly Ben Stokes scoring 67, England were all in now, scoring a massive 329. This seemed too difficult for Australia to overtake with them only scoring 263. England won by 135 runs.

With dramatic performances for both sides, the Oval saw a draw of the Ashes.

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