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Super Sunday of sport captures nation's attention

Super Sunday of sport captures nation's attention
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Sunday saw a sensational day of sport that had fans on the edge of their seats.

Sports fans across the country were gripped by a compelling day of sporting drama on a day dubbed 'Super Sunday'.

England's cricketers wrote their names into the history books at Lord's, winning their first World Cup in a final that will go down as one of the most dramatic in team sport.

Across London, two of the all-time greats in tennis – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – did battle in another epic clash at Wimbledon in the first singles final to be decided by a fifth-set tie-break, won by Djokovic.

As the two thrilling encounters reached their dramatic climaxes in tandem, enthralled fans were likely flicking between channels with their tv remotes

Earlier in the day in Formula One, England's Lewis Hamilton also won the British Grand Prix.

Ben Stokes hailed England's dramatic victory over New Zealand as the best match in cricket history – and it is hard to argue.

It seemed as though nothing could separate them from New Zealand, with the sides battling to a tie, locked on 241 apiece after 100 overs of nerve-shredding tension that cast Stokes as the home side's hero of the hour.

That paved the way for a super over, a six-ball shoot-out that had only occurred 11 times in international history, and never before in an ODI.

Incredibly, the teams went blow-for-blow again, with Stokes and Jos Buttler hitting 15 off Trent Boult before Jofra Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.

New Zealand v England – ICC World Cup – Final – Lord's
Archer celebrates winning the World Cup. (John Walton/PA)

The Barbados-born bowler, the least experienced player on either side, held his nerve as Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side and came back for a second that would have taken the trophy.

Enter Jason Roy, who picked up cleanly despite unimaginable pressure and hurled a flat, decisive throw towards Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled.

Although tied again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored.

In the end, England's 22 fours and two sixes proved the difference, beating New Zealand's tally of 14 and two.

But they are just numbers and do scant justice to the emotional, occasionally controversial and endlessly replayable events that played out at Lord's.

At Wimbledon, meanwhile, Djokovic lifted his fifth Wimbledon singles trophy after beating Federer in one of the All England Club's great finals.

Wimbledon 2019 – Day Thirteen – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Djokovic and Federer contested an epic Wimbledon final (Victoria Jones/PA)

After saving two match points when Federer served for victory at 8-7 in the deciding set, the Serb went on to win 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) in a match that lasted just three minutes short of five hours.

Federer had hoped to follow up his semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal by completing the double over his other great rival for the first time at a grand slam but was denied his ninth Wimbledon title after the final was settled in a fifth-set tie-break for the first time.

If the cricket and tennis combined to provide the main course, then the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the perfect appetiser.

Hamilton got a great day of sport off to the perfect start by winning his home race for a record sixth time.

The Formula One world champion took advantage of a safety car to jump ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, delighting the bumper 141,000-strong crowd.

The win, Hamilton's seventh from 10 rounds, takes the Briton closer to a sixth world title. He is now 39 points clear of Bottas in the championship standings.

On a sensational day for Hamilton, the Englishman also secured a bonus point by posting a stunning track record on his final lap.


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