England peg back NZ in tense World Cup final as country goes cricket crazy

ENGLAND are pegging back New Zealand in a tense World Cup final as the country goes cricket crazy.

Eoin Morgan’s men are trying to make history at Lord’s as fans wearing balls, bats and flags cheered them on during a gripping first innings.

England’s cricketers celebrate taking a third wicket
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Barmy Army fans are out in force for England’s epic final against New Zealand
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Ecstatic fans were on their feet for Chris Woakes’ wicket
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Cricket fans go big as they celebrate in style in Central London
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Cricket-lovers on roller blades take fancy dress to another level outside Lord’s
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England supporters endure a tense start as they cheer on their team on a historic day
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A security guard takes down a streaker mid-match
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Departing PM Theresa May and husband Philip enjoy the cricket at Lord’s
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The Kiwis won the toss and were first to bat after drizzle delayed the start by 15 minutes this morning.

They started well and, despite losing their first wicket with 29 on the board, carried on scoring at a comfortable rate.

But Liam Plunkett took two wickets in quick succession taking the score to 118-3 – before Mark Wood dismissed Ross Taylor lbw at 141-4, putting England right back in the tense match.

Earlier on a pitch invader failed to halt the final as she attempted to draw attention to her son’s porn website.

Wearing a black swimsuit, YouTube prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy’s mum dashed out of the stands, but was tackled by security before she could run onto the pitch at Lord’s.

Cricket lovers fly the flag for England on their fourth World Cup final
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Kiwi fans are also hoping New Zealand will lift the world cup trophy for the first time
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Piers Morgan cheers on England at Lord’s
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EPIC FINAL CLASH

Millions are expected to tune in today to England’s first final in 27 years which is free-to-air after Sky Sports struck a deal with Channel 4 and More 4.

Trafalgar Square was a sea of red and white as thousands of fans watched on the big screen in Central London.

While At Lord’s, departing PM Theresa May, former Prime Minister John Major and Piers Morgan were among the politicians and celebs to be soaking up the atmosphere.

New Zealand are fielding the same team who beat India in the first semi-final in Manchester.

England also retained the same XI who had thumped Australia in the second semi-final with opener Jonny Bairstow overcoming a thigh niggle.

Eoin Morgan said he was not too disappointed at having lost the toss.

“It was a bit of a 50-50 call and with the overhead conditions I might have leaned towards bowling first,” he said.

“Whichever team plays well will lift the trophy.”

“I’m extremely proud and everyone in the change room is. We want to win and throughout the tournament we have played tough games and the semi-final epitomised that.”

The pitch sported a hint of green which, both captains agreed on Saturday, would please the seam bowlers.

New Zealand defended a low total against India in the first semi-final while England proved they were fine either way completing an easy chase against Australia in the other.

Fans settle in for a day of cricket in an overcast Trafalgar Square
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A cricket fan soaks up the atmosphere in Central London
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Former PM John Major was also in the crowds
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Players’ families cheer on the England side at Lord’s
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