James Neesham says New Zealand dressing room "stinging" after England defeat in World Cup final

The allrounder came out in the super over needing 16 runs to win, but Martin Guptill was run out attempting a second run to give England a win on boundaries hit


New Zealand allrounder James Neesham stated his side are "stinging" after a second defeat in a World Cup final in four years.

The Black Caps won the toss and put 241 runs on the board, which was matched by England thanks to Ben Stokes' unbeaten 84.

That meant the game went to a super over, which saw both sides score 15 runs but England won the World Cup based on boundaries hit, and left the New Zealand players crestfallen.

"It stings obviously," Neesham said.

"To scrap our innings to what was a par score... we knew we'd have to put a lot of pressure on them up top.

"Credit to England and the way they stuck it out. On another day the coin might have fallen our way."


Neesham came out in the Super Over and hit the second legal delivery for six to put New Zealand in the driving seat, but Jofra Archer held his nerve.

"I just wanted him [Archer] to miss one more.

"I was just setting up for anything that was going to miss the block hole, and that is obviously the way I play the game.

"Another day it maybe goes a different way, but credit to England."

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