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Why former umpires think England wrongly got 6 overthrows in WC final

Umpires made ‘error of judgement’ in awarding six overthrows – Simon Taufel Why former umpires think England wrongly got 6 overthrows in WC final
Cary Erickson | 17 July, 2019, 07:12

A review of the footage of the incident - which took place off the fourth ball of the last over - shows clearly that, at the moment the ball was released by the New Zealand fielder, Martin Guptill, Stokes and his partner, Adil Rashid, had not yet crossed for their second run.

England were awarded six runs to take them within three of victory, falling one short but eventually prevailing on boundaries after both teams scored 15 in the Super Over.

Former worldwide umpires Simon Taufel and K Hariharan Monday said officials standing in the World Cup final erred in awarding six runs, instead of five, to England for an overthrow, an observation that the ICC refused to comment on.

Ashley Giles says he is not concerned by Australian Simon Taufel's comments regarding an alleged umpiring mistake in the World Cup final.

A former five-time ICC umpire of the year and member of the MCC laws sub-committee, Taufel said the on-field officials got it wrong. "If we see that replay, when the throw came, the two batsmen had barely started the second run", Hariharan observed.

"You also have to watch where the batsmen are at that exact moment".

Chasing their first World Cup, England needed nine runs off the final three balls with Stokes on strike.

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"We can't change that now and it will go down in history as perhaps one that might have got away from us". The end result left the cricketing fraternity in deep shock as New Zealand lost the final just because they had hit fewer boundaries than England.

Stokes, on his part, did apologise for the unintended deflection off his bat.

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena, after consulting with the other on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, signalled six runs-the double that they ran plus the boundary off the overthrow.

"Unfortunately, that's the game we play, and that sort of thing happens from time to time".

"However, as former New Zealand cricketer Ian Smith said, "(There were) lots of sixes hit in the tournament, yet the most significant six was one that went along the ground".

"It's a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game".

England, who have often cited a humiliating defeat by New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup as the catalyst for their climb to the top of the one-day global rankings, finally have a World Cup win to go with their three losing appearances in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals.