There was drama at Lords yesterday, when the cricket World Cup final descended into chaos after the match finished with both teams level, prompting officials to 'manufacture' an England victory, according to New Zealand officials.
The game finished with the scores at 241-241, and, say NZ, that should have been it, and the trophy shared. The umpires came together in the middle of the wicket looking shifty, and spoke in hushed tones, and behind their hands.
After two minutes whispering, and eyes darting side-to-side, it was decided an extra over for each team would be played. During England's 'innings', an extra four runs were awarded when the ball hit Ben Stokes' bat 'by accident' and flew to the boundary. The Kiwis started to raise their eyebrows.
Even at this stage, the teams were all-square, having both scored 15, making the score 256-256, and, amazingly, it was now 2:56pm!
Unable to separate the two enemies, the umpires declared that England were the winners on account of being the erstwhile colonial power, but New Zealand officials said, late last night, they will be lodging an appeal at the House of Lords for a Judicial Review, and to have the game replayed in Wellington next week, weather permitting, which it won't.