ON a momentous weekend of sport, JMP were again at the heart of the action, with Robbie Stephenson covering England’s breathtaking super-over victory against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s.
Robbie, a lifelong cricketer and fan – and once even a mascot for the England cricket team at Lord’s – said covering such a dramatic final was “an absolute dream” and “the best day of live sport I have ever covered”.
After Ben Stokes’ heroics saw England tie New Zealand’s score of 241, England scored 15 in the deciding super over, before a dramatic run out on the final ball of New Zealand’s super over gave England the World Cup by the slimmest of margins.
JMP photographer Robbie, whose work was picked up by Monday’s edition of The Times, said: “To cover a World Cup Final in a sport about which I am genuinely passionate was already an incredible experience and privilege – and then it turned out to be one of the greatest cricket matches ever… with England winning too!
“The way it all panned out, with the dramatic conclusion to England’s innings, and then a similarly remarkable end to the super over was just absolutely mad. I struggled to get to sleep on Sunday night – because I was still buzzing from what I had seen.
“I was fortunate enough to cover some of the most dramatic football matches of last season – the Liverpool-Barcelona and Manchester City-Tottenham games in the Champions League, for example.
“But in those situations, there is so little time to think about it, whereas with cricket, there is a gap between each delivery where you can look at your images from the previous ball. That all adds to the tension and drama – and I’ve never seen a more tense or dramatic game than yesterday’s.”
Robbie had been due to cover the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Final – won by England against India at Lord’s – having photographed many of the earlier matches. But a pre-season trip to Portugal with JMP clients Bristol Rovers meant he missed the finale.
“For my first World Cup Final of any kind to be England, at home, winning the cricket in such a fashion, will probably take some topping,” said Robbie.
“Everything about the day was great – the crowd was epic and even the weather, which had started off quite bad, turned out fine. By the end, it was a lovely summer’s evening, so the whole day could not have gone much better.”