(AP) English cricket gets a lot of bad press. Ben Stokes broke New Zealand hearts with the stunning and controversial finish to the World Cup, handing England their first triumph. England’s Ben Stokes celebrates the catch of South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during the ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and South Africa at … For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Ben Stokes took a stunning catch to help England beat South Africa in the World Cup opener, The all-rounder delivered with the bat, ball and in the field on a fine day at The Oval, Stokes flew through the air to hold on to Andile Phehlukwayo's shot, The crowd went wild as Stokes ended up facing them after twisting in mid-air, Stokes also hit 89 for England as they managed 311-8, Prince Harry got the tournament underway with a speech at The Oval before the real action started, Jofra Archer chipped in with three wickets to tear through the South African batting order, Cricket World Cup 2019 - Live stream, fixtures and schedule info as England and Wales host tournament, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Stokes' influence wasn't limited just to the catch, as he scored 89 runs as England set South Africa an opening total score of 311. Ben Stokes has stunned himself!”. Sport Ben Stokes wonder catch gets commentators and fans asking if … "It was probably a regulation catch if I was in the right position. Stokes launched himself into the air and caught the ball with one hand dismissing SA’s Andile Phehlukwayo. How long has he been married? Ben Stokes taking an absolute opener in World Cup 2019 opener (Source: Twitter) Ben Stokes produced arguably one of the best World Cup catches that one can ever see. OH MY GOODNESS!”, Another added: “First match and we already gotta the catch of the tournament. Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Website - live matches, scores, news, highlights, commentary, standings, videos and fixtures from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Archer’s performances in tournaments such as the Big Bash and Indian Premier League convinced England he should be fast-tracked into the squad. I didn't really know how to react because I knew I shouldn't have been there. “I played with him in the IPL and to see the ball flying through at such high pace proves the future is very bright for him.”. Archer then had Aiden Markram caught by Root at slip and then coaxed Du Plessis into skying a catch to Moeen Ali at fine leg. Trent Boult soars to catch Ben Stokes in the second to last over, only to step onto the boundary and have it ruled a six. The ball travelled all the way to the boundary - which shows the force of the impact - but, amazingly, the bails were not dislodged. Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes' 'full day out' lights up England victory over South Africa. In his first five over spell, Archer captured two vital wickets and forced Hashim Amla to retire hurt when a short ball crashed into his helmet grille. Ben Stokes wife: Who is Clare Ratcliffe? News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. “That is a moment that will be clipped and replayed over and over and over.”. Will take some beating to go beyond that effort in this tournament.”, And another astonished fan wrote: “That was Freakingly Awesome!!! They managed it on just 34 occasions in their previous 45 years of one-day cricket. I was a little bit further in than I should have been, I took a step in and panicked a bit. There is surely no way it will be beaten as Catch of the Tournament. A game into the World Cup and England’s Ben Stokes already seems to have catch of the tournament wrapped up. Archer’s impact had been immediate and match-defining. newspaper archive. By Matthew Taylor. That could be crucial if run-rate is a factor at the end of the round robin stage. “I was in the wrong position to start with. He was outstanding for a young guy starting his international career. Almost instantly, he found the edge of Bairstow’s bat and Tahir embarked on one of his trademark 60-yard celebratory sprints. See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, Ben Stokes took an incredible catch in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup to dismiss South African all rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and put England on track for a win. Archer looked as chilled as though he was back sitting on a Barbados beach sipping a non-alcoholic cocktail. He performed as though he was loving every minute of the attention and hype. Cricket: Sheldon Cottrell has challenged Ben Stokes' claim for best catch in the World Cup, with his unbelievable effort on the boundary line to dismiss Steve Smith. Ben Stokes insists his astonishing catch in Englands World Cup rout of South Africa doesnt rank as the best of his career. Captain Morgan said: “Jofra bowled fast and accurately on a slow pitch. Prince Harry officially opened the tournament with a speech on the outfield and England were expecting a tough examination from South Africa’s potent seam attack. Zing bails are great fun and add to the TV spectacle but manufacturers must find a way of making sure they fall off when the stumps are struck. World Cup: This is no doubt the unluckiest thing to ever happen in a World Cup final, as the ball ricochets off Ben Stokes for four runs. Ben Stokes lit up the Cricket World Cup with one of the best catches ever seen at the tournament in a statement display from England as they beat South Africa by 104 runs at The Oval. In fact, England would have won even more convincingly if Quinton de Kock had not enjoyed a freakish slice of luck when he had scored 21. Stokes’ incredible grab came from a big hit by Andile Phehlukwayo and, even though Amla was judged fit enough to resume his innings, South Africa had 10.2 overs unused when they were all out. “I don’t practice being in the wrong position but we do train hard and try to practice those five per centers that do come along and that makes it a little bit easier when they do. The all-rounder held onto a stunner on the boundary from Andile Phehlukwayo. Stokes took the absolute worldie of a catch during the Three Lions' first game of the tournament at the Oval today, picking off batsman Andile Phehlukwayo with a stunning display of athleticism and hand-eye coordination. Well, perhaps not so amazingly because it happens quite frequently. Ben Stokes enjoys a "full day out" as he and Jofra Archer dazzle in England's opening World Cup victory over South Africa. Stokes' influence wasn't limited just to the catch, as he scored 89 runs as England set South Africa an opening total score of 311. Stokes acrobatic skills were on their peak as he plucked one out of thin air to nullify Andile Phehlukwayo’s sweetly-timed sweep off Adil Rashid’s bowling on Thursday. Published May 31, 2019. If I had been it would probably have been a regulation catch but it was just one of those that sticks or it doesn’t,” said Stokes. “It is a great feeling to look back at games and know you have contributed at crucial moments. During the 2019 World Cup opener, England's Ben Stokes took a remarkable catch to get rid off Andile Phehlukwayo His one-handed stunner remains the best catch of 2019 World Cup edition The catch was taken on May 30th, 2019 at the Kennington Oval, London ... That catch was the highlight of a superb all-round performance by Stokes. Archer bowled with speed - reaching 93mph - and skill and penetration. And hero Stokes was full of praise for Archer: “Their top four tried to play a shot a ball - I’m not sure if that was because Jofra’s pace was getting their beans going. 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Running away from the ball, Stokes flew and reached out his right hand, somehow clinging onto the ball. England's Ben Stokes (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the catch to dismiss South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo for 24 during the World Cup match between England and South Africa at The Oval. It was a great feeling and gave me a little extra. order back issues and use the historic Daily Express ': What they said about Ben Stokes' world-beating catch. World Cup Central: KP and Kallis back West Indies for semi-finals ... You cannot do that! Ben Stokes’ stunning catch was the highlight of the opener of ICC World Cup 2019. De Kock went on to score 68. Ben Stokes soaked up a phenomenal feeling after his one-handed wonder catch got England’s World Cup campaign under way with a crushing victory and a sprinkling of stardust. World Cup: A game into the World Cup and Ben Stokes might already have catch of the tournament wrapped up. It would have been a regulation catch if I was in the right place. And though this is the first match of a six-week long tournament, fans think the catch of the tournament award is already sewn up. England's Ben Stokes takes an "incredible" one-handed catch to remove South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo in the opening World Cup game. Asked about his wonder-catch, the all-rounder added: "I had a little bit of a panic on to be honest. One day in and we can shut the World Cup … Cricket World Cup 2019 fixtures: Match dates and latest team news, Prince Harry makes HILARIOUS JIBE at Australian cricket captain, Cricket World Cup schedule: Full list of fixtures for the World Cup. The England man was also instrumental in snuffing out any hopes of a comeback, as he hit the last two balls to secure England's first World Cup victory of the tournament. Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Stokes all made half-centuries as England, realising the two-paced pitch was tricky, used their nous and accumulated 311-8. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Speaking on … London: The 2019 Cricket World Cup might already have its best catch of the tournament. The hosts beat South Africa by 104 runs at The Oval as Stokes shone with the bat and ball, but it was his brilliance in the field that grabbed the headlines. That belonged to Ben Stokes, who clung onto an astonishing, leaping, one-handed catch on the boundary. Then he returned and took a third wicket in his second spell and finished with the eye-catching figures of 7-1-27-3. Jofra Archer put the Proteas in early trouble before Quinton de Kock settled things. Ben Stokes top scored for England, made a sensational catch and polished off South Africa's tail as the hosts started their World Cup campaign with a bang Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Daniel Vettori catches West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal. One day in and we may have already seen the catch of the Cricket World Cup thanks to an absolute screamer from England's Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes catch: England star hailed over catch of the World Cup in South Africa clash BEN STOKES has been credited with already pulling off the catch of the World Cup … But even Archer’s superb fast bowling was not the most dramatic moment of the first match of the World Cup. He takes everything in his stride and is improving every day.”, Archer added: “It was a great atmosphere out there. Ben Stokes celebrates after taking a one-handed reverse-cupped catch while diving at deep mid-wicket to dismiss South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo. View our online Press Pack. Ben Stokes soaked up a phenomenal feeling after his one-handed wonder catch got England’s World Cup campaign under way with a crushing victory and a sprinkling of stardust. Advertisement H/t to Christoffer 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Stokes, who scored 89 from 79 balls, then finished the match with two wickets in two balls. Stokes’ 89 was his highest score in any format for England since his scrap in the street in Bristol in September 2017. But, in the tournament’s first piece of funkiness, captain Faf du Plessis opened the bowling with 40-year-old leggie Imran Tahir. Ben Stokes lit up the Cricket World Cup with one of the best catches ever seen at the tournament in a statement display from England as they beat South Africa by 104 runs at The Oval. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Ben Stokes took a stunning catch to help England beat South Africa in the World Cup opener Credit: Getty - Contributor 7 The all-rounder delivered with the … We should not have worried about how he would respond. Ben Stokes' catch in the 2019 World Cup So when Andile Phehlukwayo hijacked Adil Rashid towards mid-wicket, eyes pointed not in the direction of the outfield, but at the image of the batsman. It was the 39th time England have passed 300 since the last World Cup in 2015. "But it [my hand] gets the nickname The Claw so luckily it stuck. When Amla was late on an attempted pull shot against Archer and the ball crashed into his grille, it initially looked as though he would be able to carry on batting. Ben Stokes has said his incredible catch in England's Cricket World Cup win over South Africa only came about as he was in the wrong position. Ben Stokes has said his incredible catch in England's Cricket World Cup win over South Africa only came about as he was in the wrong position. But this is different - this is the ultimate version of 50-over cricket playing alongside the best players on the planet. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Ben Stokes pulled off an incredible catch in England's World Cup opener against South Africa at the Oval.. Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Website - live matches, scores, news, highlights, commentary, standings, videos and fixtures from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Sheldon Cottrell has taken a catch that can rival Ben Stokes' against South Africa as the West Indies locked horns with Australia in a World Cup encounter at Trent Bridge on Thursday. 60-Yard celebratory sprints boundary from Andile Phehlukwayo in the 2015 World Cup might already have catch of attention! 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