World Cup final to be shown on free-to-air TV after deal agreed with Channel Four

England will face New Zealand on Sunday at Lord's, meaning the World Cup will have a first-time winner

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The World Cup final between England and New Zealand will be shown live on Channel Four and More Four after Sky struck a deal with the broadcaster.

Sky announced after England’s win against New Zealand that the flagship match would be shown on free-to-air television if England could get past Australia at Edgbaston. Following Eoin Morgan’s side’s eight-wicket victory in Birmingham, the partnership was announced.

Live coverage will be broadcast on Channel Four and More Four. Live coverage will also air as normal on Sky Sports, which holds the UK broadcast rights of live coverage of the Cricket World Cup and has shown every game of the competition.

However, with Sunday also coinciding with Formula One’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone – to which Channel Four also has one-off rights as part of an agreement with Sky, the cricket will shift from Channel Four to More Four at 1.15pm when the race coverage begins, before returning to the main channel after the conclusion at Silverstone. Live coverage of the game from Lord’s will also be available on Sky One.

Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon said: “This is fantastic news for cricket fans and the nation.

“This Sunday is a massive day for British sport with England tantalisingly close to lifting the Cricket World Cup for the first time and Lewis Hamilton setting his sights on his seventh season win at Silverstone – all live on Channel Four.

“The big winners of this strong partnership between Channel Four and Sky are sports fans and viewers who want to come together for these big sporting occasions.”

Sky UK and Ireland chief executive Stephen van Rooyen added: “England in the final on home soil is a huge moment for sport in this country and we are proud to be the host broadcaster.

“Thanks to our strong relationship with Channel Four, we are partnering to make the game available to everyone, so the whole country can get behind England, and be part of a special national sporting event.”

Our coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is brought to you in association with Cricket 19, the official video game of the Ashes. Order your copy now at Amazon.co.uk

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