England's Cricket World Cup Victory was watched by 8.3m

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by Josh Peachey

The dramatic ICC Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand took place at Lord's Cricket Ground yesterday and drew in 8.3 million viewers across broadcasting platforms.

In the run up to the final, it was announced that the game would be shown on both Channel 4 and Sky Sports, compared to the rest of the World Cup which was aired exclusively on Sky Sports. 

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: "I’m thrilled that a total peak audience of 8.3m watched England win the Cricket World Cup Final on Channel 4 and Sky."

The breakdown is 4.8 million on Channel 4 and a combined peak of 8.3 million across Channel 4, Sky 1, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket.

In a truly spectacular sporting event, England (241 all out) managed to match New Zealand's runs (241/8) to force a Super Over showdown finish. 

If both teams had the same number of runs after the Super Over was finished, then England would win because they had hit more boundaries throughout the day.

With six bowls each, England set the bar at 15 runs. After the Blackcaps had faced five bowls, they needed two runs from England's Jofra Archer's last bowl to win the game. They ran for two but were run out and as England's wicketkeeper smashed the stumps, and the England players all celebrated a spectacular victory.

England's Ben Stokes was named player of the match with 84 runs, including an inadvertent deflection from the ball being thrown to the wicket that bounced off his bat and rolled for four, which in addition to the two runs, meant that England earned themselves six valuable runs to stay in the game. 

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The Cricket World Cup Final and the British Grand Prix gave Channel 4 its highest overnight share (11.5%) since the 2012 Paralympics.

For Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking British GP win, the audiences were Channel 4 F1 peak of 2.8 million and a combined peak of 3.7 million.

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