AMID the frenzy of England’s sensational super-over triumph in the World Cup final, one pocket-sized slip quietly delivered a £258,000 catch.
A Betfair punter who staked £650 on a year-long, 12-fold accumulator must have been dancing with joy just as much as Eoin Morgan and Co when New Zealander Martin Guptill was run out off the last ball at Lord’s.
But in the end it was England paceman Jofra Archer who swung it.
After England tied with the Black Caps on 241, Morgan’s men made 15 off their six extra balls.
New Zealand equalled that off Archer, but England won due to hitting more boundaries.
Tournament victory for the 5/2 pre-event favourites took the gobsmacked gambler to his magic mark of beyond a quarter of a million pounds.
The man. who unlike England’s latest heroes is staying anonymous, admitted Sunday’s finale in a “crazy” contest had been “incredibly stressful”.
His riskiest tip, in terms of odds, was Novak Djokovic lifting the Oz Open crown, albeit still as the 7/2 favourite.
And after England’s weekend glory sealed his own success, the punter said: “I tried to stay positive throughout Sunday’s final but it was incredibly stressful and my heart was racing right till the end.
“So it was a huge celebration for sure when England won.”
He added: “Going into the World Cup I was really confident.
“We were at home, Jofra Archer had come into the squad and I just thought we’ll make mince-meat of the group.
“But then suddenly we lost to Sri Lanka and Australia and I started getting worried.
““However, when we thrashed Australia in the semi-finals my confidence came back as I thought Australia were stronger than New Zealand and that we would cruise the final, but more fool me.”
He thought “oh dear, we’ve got a problem” as England stuttered in their 50-over reply against “amazingly good” bowling from the Black Caps.
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But ultimately: “England rode their luck and I still have no idea how they won that.. so many times it seemed like it was going to slip out of our control.
“The whole game was crazy.. It’s probably the most intense sporting event I’ve ever seen without being close to it, but with £250k on the line it was almost too much to handle.”
Finally, though, after wicketkeeper Jos Buttler removed the bails to dismiss Guptill, it was Betfair who needed to stump up the accumulator jackpot.