Please, no more heartache

Black Caps Ish Sodhi and Jimmy Neesham are joined by England's Chris Woakes in consoling New...
Black Caps Ish Sodhi and Jimmy Neesham are joined by England's Chris Woakes in consoling New Zealand opener Martin Guptill after he was run out trying for a second run off the last ball of the super over in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Lord's in London yesterday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Was this a one-off or a start of a year of horrors for the New Zealand sports fan?

We can all talk about the drama, the sheer sporting theatre and the rollercoaster of emotions for both players and supporters at the Cricket World Cup final at Lord's yesterday.

Sure, it was one for the ages but when it's all washed up, this is a sporting contest - and our boys lost it, ever so cruelly.

Things did not go New Zealand's way, and the drama at the end was all over the place. How could a ball cannon off a bat of an Englishman and a squeaky two runs becomes six? Trent Boult took a catch but stepped on the boundary.

Then all of a sudden it comes down to a super over - a gimmick term made up by a marketing team.

England scored 15 and New Zealand did the same. But the boys in black lost because England scored more boundaries in its innings.

Please explain? Surely, a game should be decided by live actions? Not something which no-one was aware of while playing the game.

But the reality is the game was decided this way and the Black Caps were second. Yes, winners are grinners and losers are weepers.

The Black Caps, though, can hold their heads high.

As for us watching, it was tough and the emotions went through the wringer more than once. But we move on.

International sport never stops and the netball now takes centre stage as its World Cup is played out.

The Silver Ferns have shown some promise and Australia awaits on Thursday. In six days the Ferns could be champs or chumps.

But, please, no more heartache. If they get to the final and it is tied at fulltime, extra time is played, then going to golden point to win by two goals is the final option.

And let's not even talk about the Rugby World Cup.

Should knockout games be close there, extra time, golden point and kicking competitions come into play.

Sorry if that happens but how many of us will be around to see it?

With no fingernails left and every heart defibrillator in the country out of juice by then, the pain will simply be too much.

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