The sports wrap Monday, 15 July

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England captain Eoin Morgan holds the World Cup trophy aloft

England win cricket World Cup in astonishing climax

England beat New Zealand on Sunday at Lord’s to win the ICC World Cup for the first time, ending a 44-year wait, after the most astonishing and dramatic climax which saw the match tied after 50 overs and then tied in a deciding extra over apiece.  In an extraordinary atmosphere, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for the Super Over. It meant England, who had lost three previous finals, were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours in the entire match. That it even got to that stage was amazing in itself and came as a result of a barely believable conclusion at the home of cricket – the first tie in a World Cup final. England required 15 from the last over of the regular match. Ben Stokes hit a six and benefited

England match-winner Ben Stokes throws his bat to the ground after the game goes into a super over

when a throw from the deep bizarrely hit his bat and went for four overthrows. He could not get the two needed from the last ball – Mark Wood was run out coming back for the second – but he ended 84 not out and joined Jos Buttler for the Super Over. When New Zealand replied, Jimmy Neesham hit Jofra Archer’s third ball for six, then scrambled to leave Martin Guptill needing two from the last delivery. As Jason Roy’s throw came in from deep mid-wicket, a diving Guptill was short when Buttler removed the bails, sending England and the whole of Lord’s into delirious celebrations. Replying to New Zealand’s 241 for eight, England were all but out of the game at 86 for four, squeezed by New Zealand’s skilful bowling, sharp fielding and smart tactics. Gradually, they were dragged back into contention by Stokes and Buttler through patience, calmness and a little fortune. Buttler was the more fluent, scooping and driving, but when he was caught at deep point for 59, England still needed 46 from 31 balls. It was at this point that Stokes took control. Liam Plunkett and Archer both departed and that left 15 needed from pace bowler Trent Boult’s final over. Two dots were followed by a Stokes’ heave over deep mid-wicket, then came the outrageous slice of fortune. Diving for his ground to complete a second run, Stokes was inadvertently struck by the throw and deflected the ball for four overthrows to make six in total. With three runs needed from two balls, Adil Rashid was run out coming back for a second. When Wood suffered the same fate from the final ball, the match was tied.

Djokovic beats Federer to win epic Wimbledon final

In the Wimbledon finals both Roger Federer and Serena Williams failed in their bids to become the oldest Grand Slam champions. In the men’s singles, defending champion Novak Djokovic saved two championship points to retain his title in an epic marathon which climaxed with a thrilling final-set tie-break win over eight-time champion Federer on Sunday. Djokovic repelled everything the 37-year-old Swiss legend could throw at him to claim a fifth title in the first Wimbledon final to be decided by a tie-break. On a Centre Court in an atmosphere that was at times more akin to football than tennis, with support

Novak Djokovic celebrates his 16th Grand Slam title

overwhelmingly for Federer, Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3). It was the longest Wimbledon final, at four hours 57 minutes, with a Federer error handing Djokovic victory to give the Serbian world No.1 his 16th Grand Slam title. “It’s quite unreal,” Djokovic said in the post-match interview. Federer, who was chasing a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title, added: “It was a great match, it was long, it had everything. Novak, congratulations, man, that was crazy.”  Nothing could separate the players in an intoxicating final set and the match was already the longest Wimbledon singles final ever when the club’s new rule stipulating a tiebreak at 12-12 in a deciding set was deployed. Both players looked out on their feet but, as he had done in the two other tiebreaks, Djokovic held his nerve to crush Federer’s dream of claiming a ninth title and becoming the oldest man to win a Grand Slam in the professional era. In the women’s singles final on Saturday, Romania’s

Simona Halep after winning her first Wimbledon title

seventh seeded Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title and crushed Serena Williams’ latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam success with a devastating 56-minute almost mistake-free display. She won 6-2 6-2 in front of an incredulous Centre Court, running after everything the American threw at her. “It was my best match,” the 27-year-old said after her second Grand Slam title following her 2018 French Open success. For 37-year-old Williams, it was a third major final defeat in 12 months. “She played out of her mind, it was a little bit deer in the headlights for me,” she said

South African Impey wins Tour de France Stage 9

South Africa’s Daryl Impey won Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey and the overall lead. Impey, 34, beat Belgium’s Tiesj Benoot to secure his first victory in the race on the run from Saint-Etienne to Brioude. Team Ineos British defending champion Geraint Thomas, who lost ground on Saturday after a crash, remained in fifth place – one minute 12 seconds behind Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Alaphilippe. Three-time Vuelta a Espana stage winner Alessandro de Marchi was taken to hospital after a heavy crash early on. The 33-year-old’s CCC team said the Italian was fully conscious after the crash but had a “deep facial laceration” and

Impey is first South African stage winner since 2007

was taken to hospital for X-rays. Impey was a deserving winner after forming part of a 15-man breakaway which finished over 16 minutes clear of the main peloton. He is the first South African to win an individual stage at the Tour since Robert Hunter’s triumph in Montpellier in 2007. The Mitchelton-Scott rider displayed all of his race craft in the defining move of the day, feigning fatigue on the final climb on the Cote de Saint-Just before powering past Benoot and Slovenia.s Jan Tratnik. Italy’s Giulio Ciccone is second in the overall classification, 23 seconds behind Alaphilippe.

Hamilton wins record sixth British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took a record sixth British Grand Prix victory in a thrilling race at Silverstone on Sunday highlighted by a crash between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Battles throughout the field created a dramatic race – by far the best of the year so far – as Hamilton benefited from a safety-car period to take a lead he never lost after Valtteri Bottas had held back an early attack from his Mercedes team-mate. Hamilton hailed his home fans after his win stretched his lead over Bottas to 39 points. Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favour by handing the home favourite..It was Hamilton’s seventh win in 10 races this season and 80th of his career.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the crowd after his record sixth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone

The five-times world champion, now on 223 points to Bottas’s 184, also banged in a late fastest lap, on a set of tyres that had already done 30 laps, to secure an extra point. “Ah, what a day! I love you Silverstone,” Hamilton exclaimed over the radio after British rapper Stormzy had waved the chequered flag, with Bottas 24.9 seconds behind. Ferrari’s Monegasque Charles Leclerc was third after team-mate Vettel rammed into the back of Verstappen. Vettel, who had been third but finished 16th, had to pit for a new front wing and collected a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision. Verstappen ended up fifth and behind his French team-mate Pierre Gasly. Victory lifted Hamilton clear of Frenchman Alain Prost and the late Jim Clark, who both won five times in Britain, and the champion pulled over to collect a Union Jack from a marshal on his cool-down lap.

Catalans continue form revival with Giants win

Catalans Dragons climbed back up above Wigan Warriors to fourth in Super League by surviving a late home onslaught to win 32-28 at Huddersfield Giants on Friday night. The Warriors went down 32-10 at home to St Helens who now lead the table by 10 points over Warrington Wolves who lost 12-22 at home to Salford Red Devils. Former Wigan player Sam Tomkins had the starring role for the Dragons, with a first-half hat-trick of tries and four successful kicks for a personal 20-point haul. Jodie Broughton’s double and Brayden Wiliame’s try boosted the French haul and gave them consecutive victories after a dismal

Sam Tomkins scored a hat-trick of tries in Giants win

run of five losses. Three of Giants’ five tries came late on, for Darnell McIntosh, Lee Gaskell and a second for Innes Senior. Tomkins opened the scoring on eight minutes and he then latched on to Tony Gigot’s teasing grubber to get his second. And, after Senior had touched down in the left corner, Dragons centre Wiliame finished off a slick handling sequence before Tomkins completed his first Dragons treble. Catalans responded to Wardle’s late first-half try when winger Broughton scored twice in the left corner before the hour mark, but the Giants were far from finished. McIntosh went over from close range on 63 minutes before Gaskell scythed through the visiting defence for a fine individual score. Then, after Catalans lost Kenny Edwards to the sin-bin five minutes from time, Senior crossed in the left corner for his second try. But the Dragons hung on for the final two minutes.

Austria’s Wiesberger wins the Scottish Open

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger won the Scottish Open on Sunday to secure a sixth European Tour title after beating Frenchman Benjamin Hebert in a play-off at The Renaissance Club. Overnight leader Wiesberger was two under par for the day and 22 under overall with France’s Hebert having finished with a nine-under round of 62. But the Austrian triumphed in the third sudden death hole at the 18th. Hebert, England’s Andrew Johnston and Italian Nino Bertasio qualify for the British Open after finishing in the top 10.

But Johnston’s countryman Lee Slattery and Welshman Jamie Donaldson miss out on places at Royal Portrush after finishing one shot further behind. Hebert had the chance to win with a birdie after Wiesberger had made par

Wiesberger on his way to a Scottish Open victory

but the Frenchman missed his initial putt. When they played the 18th again, Hebert passed up two further opportunities to win as the pair bogeyed. And, at the third time of asking, Hebert missed another crucial putt to allow Wiesberger to make par and secure victory. “That was something different,” Wiesberger said. “I have to be grateful for how the week turned out. I knew it was going to be the biggest tournament that I was in a position to win, maybe together with PGA Championship a couple of years ago.”

Big three through to next stage of netball World Cup

Netball’s big three – Australia, Jamaica and England – all made it through to the next preliminary stage in the World Cup but Jamaica suffered a surprise loss to South Africa. England ended the first preliminary as Group D winners with a 90-24 win over Samoa. The Roses were in charge throughout, leading by 32 goals at half-time. England have three wins from three games and progress along with Uganda and Scotland. Defending champions Australia scored 99 goals to record the highest winning margin so far at the

Australia’s Steph Wood netted 32 or her 34 shots in the 99-24 thrashing of Sri Lanka in the World Cup

World Cup. The Diamonds were already through to the second stage but secured top spot in Group A with three wins after a 99-24 win over Sri Lanka. It means they qualify for the second round in Group F, which also includes four-time champions New Zealand. Jamaica, ranked second in the world, could not peg back world No.5 South Africa, losing 55-52 in a thrilling encounter. However, they qualify for the second stage but will have to play England on Monday. All 16 teams have played three times in three days in the first round-robin preliminary stage, with the top three teams going through to the next preliminary stage which starts on Monday. Scotland and Northern Ireland both made it through to the second stage despite defeats by Uganda and Zimbabwe respectively.

Quotes of the weekend:

“I wanted this badly. When I started the tournament, I talked to the people from the locker room that my dream is to become a member here. So today it’s real and I’m really happy. ” – Romania’s Simona Halep, after beating Serena Williams, talks about her motivation to win her first Wimbledon final.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today in front of my home crowd. There’s so many British flags out there and every year I see it and you think you get used to it but it feels like the first time and I’m forever grateful to everyone out here I hope you enjoyed the day.” – Lewis Hamilton, after his record sixth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone.

For reports on all the weekend sporting events go to: 

http://www.bbc.com/sporthttp://www.espn.comhttp://www.lequipe.frhttp://www.reuters.com/news/sportswww.skysports.comwww.eurosport.frmidilibre.fr, https://www.cyclingstage.com/tour-de-france-2019-route/

Calendar Keynotes: 15-21 July

Monday, 15 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July), Stage 10 – Saint Flour – Albi, 217.5 km, flat

Tennis: ATP Swedish Open, Bastad (till 21 July), ATP Plava Laguna Croatia Open, Umag (till 21 July), WTA Bucharest Open, Romania (till 21 July), WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad, Switzerland (till 21 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries stage two. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Tuesday, 16 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – rest day.

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries stage two. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Wednesday, 17 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 11, Albi – Toulouse, 167 km, flat.

Tennis: ATP Swedish Open, Bastad (till 21 July), ATP Plava Laguna Croatia Open, Umag (till 21 July), WTA Bucharest Open, Romania (till 21 July), WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad, Switzerland (till 21 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries stage two. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Thursday, 18 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 12, Toulouse – Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 209.5 km, mountains.

Rugby League: Super League – Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity.

Golf: The Open Championship, Portrush GC, Northern Ireland (till 21 July).

Cricket: England v Australia, Women’s Ashes Series, only Test, Taunton (till 21 July).

Tennis: ATP Swedish Open, Bastad (till 21 July), ATP Plava Laguna Croatia Open, Umag (till 21 July), WTA Bucharest Open, Romania (till 21 July), WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad, Switzerland (till 21 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – preliminaries stage two. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Friday, 19 July   

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 13, Pau – Pau, 27.2 km, Individual Time Trial.

Golf: The Open Championship, Portrush GC, Northern Ireland (till 21 July).

Football: Africa Cup of Nations final, Senegal v Algeria, Cairo, Egypt.

Rugby League: Super League – Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants.

Cricket: England v Australia, Women’s Ashes Series, only Test, Taunton (till 21 July).

Tennis: ATP Swedish Open, Bastad (till 21 July), ATP Plava Laguna Croatia Open, Umag (till 21 July), WTA Bucharest Open, Romania (till 21 July), WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad, Switzerland (till 21 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – play-offs and placings. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Saturday, 20 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 14, Tarbes – Tourmalet, 117.5 km, mountains.

Golf: The Open Championship, Portrush GC, Northern Ireland (till 21 July).

Cricket: England v Australia, Women’s Ashes Series, only Test, Taunton (till 21 July).

Tennis: ATP Swedish Open, Bastad (till 21 July), ATP Plava Laguna Croatia Open, Umag (till 21 July), WTA Bucharest Open, Romania (till 21 July), WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad, Switzerland (till 21 July).

Rugby Union: The Rugby Championship – South Africa v Australia.

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, London (till 21 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – semi-finals and placings. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.

Sunday, 21 July

Cycling: Tour de France (till 28 July) – Stage 15, Limoux – Prat d’Albis, 185 km, mountains.

Golf: The Open Championship, Portrush GC, Northern Ireland (final day).

Rugby League: Super League – Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC, London Broncos v St. Helens, Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves.

Cricket: England v Australia, Women’s Ashes Series, only Test, Taunton (final day).

Tennis: ATP Swedish Open, Bastad (till 21 July), ATP Plava Laguna Croatia Open, Umag (till 21 July), WTA Bucharest Open, Romania (till 21 July), WTA Ladies Championship Gstaad, Switzerland (till 21 July).

Rugby Union: The Rugby Championship – Argentina v New Zealand.

Athletics: IAAF Diamond League, London (till 21 July).

Netball: World Cup, Liverpool – final, bronze medal match and placings. For schedule –https://www.nwc2019.co.uk/schedule/.