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Chaplain for Sport congratulates England on ‘Magnificent’ Cricket World Cup victory

Westminster’s Diocesan Chaplain for Sport has congratulated the England cricket team on their “magnificent” World Cup victory.

“Well done England. Congratulations on your first – and hopefully, I pray, not the last – Cricket World Cup,” Mgr Vladimir Felzmann told The Catholic Universe.

“As with individuals so with teams under great management the virtue of resilience can work wonders.

“Who – four years ago – would have bet on this magnificent victory?” Mgr Felzmann, who is also the CEO of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, added.

Ben Stokes was labelled “almost superhuman” as he inspired England to World Cup glory for the first time after a thrilling conclusion to their final against New Zealand at Lord’s.

England’s chances of overhauling New Zealand’s 241 for eight seemed to be forlorn but under the utmost pressure, Stokes held his nerve to contribute an unbeaten 84 to leave the scores tied at the end of a dramatic 100 overs.

Despite showing clear signs of fatigue, Stokes returned to bat in a super over, putting on 15 alongside Jos Buttler.

There was a further twist in the tale when Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill took 14 from Jofra Archer’s first five balls.

But scampering back for a second from the final delivery of the match, Guptill was short of his ground after Jason Roy’s throw from deep midwicket enabled Buttler to lop off the bails, giving England victory by the unlikely method of registering more boundaries across a riveting contest.

Picture: England celebrate winning the ICC World Cup during the ICC World Cup Final at Lord’s, London. (Nick Potts/PA).