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British PM Theresa May hosts World Cup winning England cricket team

Prime Minister May greeted the English players in front of her residence and posed for pictures with the team and the trophy

'Great sporting spectacle'

British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the World Cup-winning England cricket team in the garden of her Downing Street residence on Monday, describing their win as "one of the great sporting spectacles of our time".

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44-year wait finally over

England ended their 44-year wait for a first 50-overs world title by beating New Zealand in a nailbiting final Super Over on Sunday.

As the 50-over match tied, England scored 15 runs in the super over. Archer managed to take his side over the line as England restricted New Zealand to 15 runs.

Since both the 50-overs match and super-over action ended up in a tie, England came out triumphant as they had scored more boundaries.

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'A final for the ages'

"When the odds were against you in the biggest game of your lives, you simply and stubbornly refused to lose. It is that determination, that character, that has made you world champions. But, more than that, you have made history," May told the players during the drinks reception, according to remarks released by her office.

"You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again," she said, adding that the match was "a final for the ages".

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Reinvented English team

Since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 edition of the tournament in Australia, the England side have reinvented themselves as one-day cricket specialists and had headed into the World Cup as overwhelming favourites.

The match, which England won by the thinnest of margins after a tie-break Super Over, was watched by more than 8 million people in Britain.

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Skipper Morgan 'still can't believe it'

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted he believed his side's shot at World Cup glory had gone before a thrilling twist saw the hosts lift the trophy for the first time after a Super Over.

"Absolutely unbelievable, I still can't quite believe it," said Morgan.

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May witnessed the triumph live

May, a keen cricket fan, was at the match and, after the win, posted a video clip on Twitter of herself dancing.

The prime minister, who is due to stand down next week, greeted the players in front of her residence and posed for pictures with the team and the trophy.

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