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Regional press front pages celebrate Cricket World Cup triumph

Regional dailies have celebrated their local players’ contributions to England’s Cricket World Cup triumph on their front pages.

The Northern Echo splashed on yesterday’s victory against New Zealand this morning, after three players from the North-East of England featured in the winning side.

Ben Stokes and Mark Wood, who both play domestically for Durham, were among those to lift the trophy, with Stokes playing a starring role with the bat both during England’s innings and the subsequent Super Over tie-breaker.

Middlesbrough-born Liam Plunkett, also a former Durham player, took three wickets during New Zealand’s innings.

Northern champions

Hannah Chapman, editor of the Darlington-based Echo, told HTFP: “Our region loves its sport, and with a large number of the England team having links to Durham and Yorkshire ­and with Ben Stokes at the centre of the drama – we had to do something a bit different.

“It was hard to choose from the many brilliant pictures, but in the end we went with a podium photo to reflect the scale of the celebrations.”

The victory was also marked by the Yorkshire Post on its front page today.

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Three Yorkshire-born players featured in England’s XI – Joe Root, Jonny Barstow and Adil Rashid – while Plunkett was also born within the county’s historic boundaries and played for Yorkshire after leaving Durham in 2013. He moved to Surrey last year.

In the below tongue-in-cheek post on Twitter, Post editor James Mitchinson also addressed previous claims by Bairstow that some critics had been “waiting for England to fail” at the tournament.