World Cup | Valiant New Zealand Team's Triumphant Homecoming Delayed, Remain Champions In Their Country's Eyes

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New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday revealed that a homecoming ceremony for the Blackcaps has been put on hold as the players are not arriving together but in batches at different times. 

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New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday revealed that a homecoming ceremony for the Blackcaps has been put on hold as the players are not arriving together but in batches at different times. 

The Kiwis came acutely close to winning their maiden World Cup before the English side were named the champions on the basis of the boundary count after the match and the super over both tied. England scored 22 fours and two sixes compared to New Zealand's 17.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive, David White said that the board has been in conversation with Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson and is also aware of Prime Minister's (Jacinda Ardern) keenness on giving the Blackcaps a welcome-home celebration.

He added that it is not practical to organise one immediately as players are returning in batches at different times and some players have alternative playing commitment. 

White also pointed out that the New Zealand public is also looking forward to a grand welcome celebrations for the team’s valiant performance in the quadrennial tournament. He added that keeping in mind the unanimous interest in mind hopefully the board can organise something in the weeks to come. 

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Chasing the 242-run target set by the Kiwis, England levelled the score initially during their innings followed by a tie in the super over that forced a boundary count-back. Ben Stokes top-scored for the hosts with an unbeaten 84-not out along with an assist from Jos Butler (59). In the Super Over, Ben Stokes once again came out to bat along with Jos Butler, setting New Zealand a 15-run target which the Kiwis managed to level their score with. However, the boundary count-back favoured the hosts as they had scored eight more boundaries than New Zealand. 

Youngster Jofra Archer held his nerves while bowling the Super Over despite conceding 14 runs as a run-out off the last ball of the Super Over saw the game tied once again before the boundary count-back rule applied. 

Kane Williamson was adjudged the player of the tournament for scoring 548 runs with the bat at an average of 91.33 in addition to leading the Kiwis from the front. 

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