England won the gold medal match by 158 runs. The game would have been called a draw if the French had held out for five more minutes. Knowledge of the game would have been lost if John Symes, a member of the winning team, had not retained a scorecard in his own handwriting. This record still stands today.
Cricket is a bat and ball sport played between two teams of eleven players each. The object of the game is to make as many runs as possible within the time limit by scoring points during an over. A century (100) is the most number of points you can be awarded in one shot. There are four main types of shots: bowled, caught, missed, and overthrows. A bowled shot is when the batsman misses the ball and it goes down to ground before being touched by a fielder. A catcher catches the ball whether he is named or not. A missed shot is when you try to hit a ball but don't connect with it. It remains inside the field without going anywhere. An overthrow is when you throw the ball outside the boundary lines but it isn't caught by any player so it has to be returned to the bowler who threw it.
The batting order determines how many runs you will score during an innings. If you are first to be dismissed, you will usually get away with 1 run scored. But if you stay too long at the crease, you will get out yourself.
Alan Tait and Martin Leslie both won doubles, although they had to sit out England's attempt at the Grand Slam against Wales on Sunday. However, Scott Gibbs crushed English hearts, allowing Scotland to rejoice.
Neil Jenkins successfully converted to give Wales a one-point victory and the Championship against Scotland in one of the tournament's most memorable games. Scotland had pulled off their own amazing shock the day before, defeating France in Paris for only the second time in thirty years.
England completed a successful summer by defeating Australia by 135 runs in the fifth Test to achieve a 2-2 draw in the Ashes. On a glorious bright day at The Oval, England set Australia 399 to win and bowled them out for 263 to even the series with their oldest adversaries in a year when they won the World Cup for the first time. Chris Woakes took five wickets as Australia were dismissed inside 50 minutes on the first morning after Joe Root made 103.
The match was effectively over after that as England chased down the target with more than 10 hours remaining in the third day's play. In the end, they finished strong to claim a well-earned draw that keeps the series alive. As far as final standings are concerned, it doesn't really matter who wins or loses but it's clear that both teams need each other to succeed in future matches.
On paper, this should have been an easy victory for Australia but they found a way to lose every single match they played in England this year. They started poorly by losing the first two Tests by huge margins and then failed to defend the title they won last year. This series showed that there is still some life left in the old guard as Australia missed out on winning a third consecutive series.
As for England, this was another good series win for them. They proved that they are still one of the best teams in the world by beating the No. 1 team in all formats of the game.
England has won the World Cup, and it was an exciting conclusion. After scores were level at the end of England's chase of 242, the match proceeded to a super over. England scored 15 runs off six balls, but New Zealand matched them shot for shot by scoring 15 runs of their own. In the final ball of the match, Jos Buttler drove hard but missed and the trophy went to New Zealand.
England won the tournament as they are the highest ranked team on the ICC's points table. They also have the most wins in the history of the game with 42 victories.
This result also sealed India's qualification for the 50-over World Cup, to be held later this year. The two teams had been tied on 12 points after both sides won their first two matches. However, India won its last two games to clinch the title. This is also India's second title; they won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
As expected, South Africa made it back to the World Cup finals after a one-year hiatus. They were given a tough draw as they were placed in a group alongside Australia, India and Pakistan. But South Africa managed to beat all three countries - a feat never before achieved - to qualify for the next stage. This is also the first time that South Africa has reached the semi-finals of the tournament. Previously, they had always fallen at the initial hurdle.