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Mixed emotions after final lost by zero runs

Ross Taylor with his children Mackenzie and Jonty soon after the Black Caps’ unlucky loss to England in the Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s. Earlier, Taylor was on the wrong end of a bad LBW decision. PHOTO/INSTAGRAM

Kiwi fans across the nation were feeling the heartbreak after New Zealand’s agonising Cricket World Cup final defeat to England at Lord’s — and none more so than Jonty Taylor, son of Black Caps veteran and ex-Wairarapa College pupil, Ross.

The Black Caps went down to England after scores were tied twice – first after 50-overs-a side, and then after the dramatic Super Overs – with the hosts winning the World Cup on countback of boundaries.

As messages of support and praise for the team’s efforts poured in on social media, Taylor shared a heartfelt photo with his children on Instagram.

But, while Taylor shared a smile with proud daughter, Mackenzie, it was son Jonty’s expression that stole the hearts of Kiwis.

Wiping away tears in an attempt to smile, young Jonty struggled to look happy for the camera.

“The mixture of emotions after a game like that!” Taylor captioned the photo, adding “Congrats to @englandcricket #CWC19 #family.”

Taylor was controversially given out LBW to Mark Wood for 15 after teammate Martin Guptill had earlier wasted the Black Caps’ final review.

Ball tracking showed that it was an incorrect decision, with the ball missing the stumps, stalling New Zealand’s batting progress at a crucial time.

The 35-year-old had a reasonable World Cup with the bat, however, scoring 350 runs at an average of 38.88 – including his match-winning 74 against India in the semifinal. — NZME

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