New Zealand win toss and bat against England in Cricket World Cup final

England's Chris Woakes, left, reacts after a boundary hit by New Zealand's Martin Guptill, right, during the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP)
Updated 14 July 2019

New Zealand win toss and bat against England in Cricket World Cup final

  • England lost the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals while this is New Zealand’s second successive appearance in the showpiece match
  • They are each bidding to be crowned world champions for the first time

London: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat against England in the World Cup final at an overcast Lord’s on Sunday.
Early morning rain delayed the toss and start by 15 minutes but, at this stage, no overs have been lost.
“We’ll bat first. It’s a tough decision — it’s a bat first surface but if you look above, it adds confusion,” said Williamson of his decision to give his batsmen first use of a green pitch.
“The semifinal was a really good game of cricket and a tough battle for the boys. It’s given us confidence for today.”
England captain Eoin Morgan said: “Not at all bothered by losing the toss — it was a bit of a 50-50 call and with the overhead conditions I might have leaned toward bowling first.
“Whichever team plays well will lift the trophy.
“We played on a fantastic pitch against Australia at Edgbaston and our strongest part was our bowling.
“Our openers got their line and length spot on and created opportunities in the first 10 overs then the bowlers that came after bowled beautifully. Hopefully we can create chances like that again.”
Both sides were unchanged from the semifinals in which England thrashed champions Australia by eight wickets and New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs.
They are each bidding to be crowned world champions for the first time.
England lost the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals while this is New Zealand’s second successive appearance in the showpiece match after they finished runners-up to Australia in 2015.
Pre-tournament favorites England, the world’s top-ranked one-day international side, beat New Zealand by 119 runs in a group match at Chester-le-Street
Teams
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wkt), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)


Jason Day shoots 66, trails by 2 strokes at CJ Cup

Updated 18 min 49 sec ago

Jason Day shoots 66, trails by 2 strokes at CJ Cup

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA : Jason Day’s attempt to impress International team captain Ernie Els for a spot at the Presidents Cup took a positive turn on Thursday when the Australian shot a 6-under 66 to sit two strokes off the lead after the opening round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

In the first event of a three-tournament PGA Tour swing through Asia, Byeong Hun An took the lead with a 64 with Joaquin Niemann a stroke behind in second. Day was alone in third place.

Day is hoping Els will choose him as a captain’s pick for the International team against the Tiger Woods-captained US team in December at Royal Melbourne.

“Overall, it’s a great start,” Day said. “I’m excited for the rest of the week.”

He said before his first round that he was still hoping for a Presidents Cup spot.

“It is certainly disappointing not to make the team on my own merits. But it is a reminder that nothing is given to you in this game,” Day said.

“I certainly want to be on the team and believe I can be an asset to the Internationals. Being in my home country certainly gives me an edge and I’ve had some success on the sand-belt (courses) and Royal Melbourne in the past.”

Defending champion Brooks Koepka shot a 69 with an eagle on the 18th, his final hole. Last year’s runner-up Gary Woodland had a 71.

Justin Thomas, who won the inaugural 2017 CJ Cup, shot 68 and Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth each shot 70. Spieth is looking to end a lengthy drought — he hasn’t won since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale, a span of 54 tournaments worldwide.

“Overall a good way to start. I felt I played a lot better than my score,” Thomas said. “Anytime you play where you’ve won before, it creates a lot of good memories.”

Kevin Na, who won in a playoff in Las Vegas two weeks ago, had a 72 and Sergio Garcia shot 73.

There are 78 players in the no-cut, limited-field event.

The top-ranked Koepka stirred some controversy on Wednesday when he pointed out that Rory McIlroy, his closest challenger for the No. 1 ranking, has not won a major since the American joined the PGA Tour in 2015. He was responding to a question about a rivalry between the pair.

“I’m not looking at anybody behind me. I’m No. 1 in the world,” Koepka said. “I’ve got open road in front of me. I’m not looking in the rearview mirror, so I don’t see it as a rivalry. I’ve been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on the PGA Tour.”