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Top 15 of 2019: No. 1 - The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final

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Top 15 of 2019: No. 1 - The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final

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Radio Sport,
Publish Date
Fri, 20 Dec 2019, 8:35AM

Radio Sport's Top 15 Sporting Moments returns for 2019 as Jason Pine counts down the biggest sports stories of the year.

This is number one. The biggest sporting moment and story on the Radio Sport Mornings show for 2019.

Not much need be said, as many Kiwis will long remember that fateful day in July. The Blackcaps had astonishingly made the Cricket World Cup Final after a dramatic semifinal win over India.

Looking to rectify the heartbreak of losing to Australia four years earlier, many favoured their opponents - England.

New Zealand would post 241 as the target, before putting England under pressure late in their chance.

A number of "key" moments very late in the game would prove disastrous to the Blackcaps - including a botched catch on the boundary by Trent Boult and an overthrow which hit Ben Stokes, run away for four.

In the end, England reached the Blackcaps total, but could go no further.

A Super Over was needed, with many not knowing the finer details of the rules. Should the Super Over be tied, the team who scored the most boundaries during the match, would be crowned the winner.

England went first, hitting 15 off their six deliverers.

The Blackcaps sent out Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham. Needing two runs off the final delivery, Guptill's shot didn't get enough power, and as they scampered back for run number two, he was run out by England wicket keeper Jos Buttler. The Super Over was tied, but England had won the World Cup.

It will long be remembered as one of the most agonising and heartbreaking losses in New Zealand sport, and perhaps cricket history.

Nothing ignited the Radio Sport audience in 2019 like that final. It was talked about for weeks, months, and will be talked about for years to come.

It is the number one sporting moment of 2019.

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