England fans have a celebration for the history books in store tonight.
The Cricket World Cup is finally in England’s trophy cabinet for the first time in the competition’s 44-year history.
The team sent the disappointed Kiwis packing after an extraordinary final at Lord’s saw the clash boil down to a tense Super Over after both sides tied on 242.
A crowd of thousands taking in the match on the big screen at London’s Trafalgar Square have been captured whooping and bouncing with joy as England scored 15 from six deliveries to take home the trophy.
Eoin Morgan’s side lifted the trophy in front of 30,000 captivated fans, a mass gathering at Trafalgar Square and on television in homes up and down the country.
Outside the home of cricket, a party atmosphere was getting underway as jubilant England fans filed out of the ground.
Cars were beeping their horns in support, whistles were blown and there was sporadic cheering and chants.
James Bolton from Hereford, said: “I cannot talk anymore – unbelievable. We will never see anything like that again.”
Spotting a New Zealand supporter walk past him, the 31-year-old extended his arms and hugged his fellow cricket fan, Corey Hamilton.
The 27-year-old, who has lived in London for two years and is originally from Hawke’s Bay, in the country’s North Island, told Press Association: “I am happy because it was probably the best World Cup game ever, but sad because we lost.
“I think cricket is a great game.”
Callum Stevens, 23, from London, was watching the match in the fan zone in Trafalgar Square, and said it was “probably the best game ever”.
He said: “I’ve watched cricket all my life. I’ve never had a moment like that ever.
“I can’t describe it. A super over. It never happens. Suddenly it’s the World Cup final and we’ve got to use a super over. It’s absolute pandemonium. People are like ‘what is going on?’
“And it went ballistic in there and everyone’s in the fountain. Euphoria. The best sporting thing I’ve ever seen in my life hands down.”
Mr Stevens said fans held their hands to their face wondering what would happen.
“I can’t even put it into words. Unbelievable.”