CRICKET World Cup fever gripped the district on Sunday, as England defeated New Zealand in a dramatic final at Lord's.

The clubhouse at Tynedale Cricket Club was packed to the rafters, as local players and supporters crowded around the TV to watch the action unfold.

It came as the club's venue, at Prior's Flat, Hexham, hosted the West Tyne League Knock-out Cup finals on the same afternoon.

Haydon Bridge defeated Humshaugh in the Division One final at around 6.30pm, just in time for all involved to watch the closing stages of England's historic victory.

West Tyne League president Richard Burrow said: "I think this is possibly the first time we've had to delay the presentation ceremony on on Knock-Out Cup final day.

"But what a day it has been. We have witnessed some tremendous cricket in the sunshine at Prior's Flat, and were also gathered to see England win the World Cup."

With England and New Zealand tied on 241 runs after their respective 50 overs, the match went into overtime.

And after the deciding super over, the sides were still level, this time with 15 runs each.

England were crowned world champions because they had scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - over the entire match.

Read this week's Hexham Courant for coverage of Sunday's West Tyne League finals, with wins for Haydon Bridge, and Haltwhistle II.