Umpires made 'error of judgement' in awarding six overthrows - Taufel

Kane Williamson says he wasn't aware of the little-known rule that cost the Black Caps the final

Former five-time ICC umpire of the year and member of the MCC laws sub-committee, Simon Taufel has also since admitted the on-field officials got it wrong.

Clearly, it was heartbreak for New Zealand, who were victims of circumstance, ended on losers' side.

Ben Stokes was the main architect of the win as he was awarded the player of the match for his match winning 84 runs. Martin Guptill fired in the throw from the deep to wicketkeeper Tom Latham but it hit the bat of a diving Stokes and went to the boundary. "They did not cross on their second run, at the instant of the throw".

ENGLAND have brushed off claims their extraordinary World Cup triumph only came about because of a "clear mistake" by the umpires.

England, who have often cited a humiliating defeat by New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup as the catalyst for their climb to the top of the one-day worldwide rankings, finally have a World Cup win to go with their three losing appearances in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals.

Stokes said he "will be apologising to Kane for the rest of my life" for the incidental overthrows, and while it's a cricketing quirk that is seen on rare occasions, never had the rule - where the ball remains live on deflections off throws- been implemented in anywhere close to the massive moment in which it reared its ugly head today.

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So if umpires believed the throw was the important part then it should only have been five runs but if the act is ball hitting the bat and that's the conclusive part then the six is correct. The umpires got together and made a decision to award six runs to England, thus bringing down the equation to 3 runs off final 2 balls.

"The umpires take decisions on the field with their interpretation of the rules and we don't comment on any decisions as a matter of policy", a spokesperson for the governing International Cricket Council said.

"Unfortunately that sort of thing happens from time to time".

It since emerged that under Law 19.8, extra runs are only awarded if the batsmen have crossed when the ball is thrown, which was not the case on Sunday.

The Australian defended the match umpires, who he said had to make a complicated judgement and added it would be "unfair" to say their call had decided the tournament victor. "I've played a lot of games of cricket, watched a lot of cricket and overthrows have always been added to what's been run, as opposed to the point of the throw coming in".

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