Commonwealth Games day nine: athletics, cricket, netball and more – live! | Commonwealth Games 2022


Key events

Balls: It’s now an up and down battle between Australia and England in the women’s duet gold medal game. Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan fought back from 11-2 to lead England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh 16-12, but the hosts took four to level the score at 16-16 with four ends to play.

Netball: With 11 minutes remaining in the semi-final, Jamaica increased their lead to 58-37. Silver ferns need a miracle. Jamaica head to the final, where they will face England or Australia, who will play at 2.30pm (BST).

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Balls: After 12 innings, Australia came from 11-2 down to level the score at 12-12 with England in the women’s pair gold medal game. The game ends after 18 innings, so it really sets up for a tense ending.

Netball: There is a bit of an upset in the netball semi-final, where Jamaica leads world champions New Zealand 44-28 in the third quarter. Jamaica aren’t a cup – they’re ranked fourth in the world – but the way they escaped the blocks in this game is surprising. New Zealand looks shocked. Jhaniele Fowler scored a perfect 38 of 38. Unbelievable.

Preamble

Morning. There are 33 gold medals up for grabs on day nine of the Commonwealth Games. That’s why some call it “Super Saturday”, including our very own Sean Ingle.

The excitement of the weekend begins at 11am on Saturday when England cricketers take on India in the T20 semi-final at Edgbaston. They are heavy favorites after winning their group ahead of New Zealand, with victory likely to see them face Australia in Sunday’s final.

The action hits the track at 1.10pm as world 1500m champion Wightman takes on a top-class field that includes Kenyan Timothy Cheruyiot and his Scottish teammate Josh Kerr, the Olympic silver and bronze medalists from the ‘last year.

Just over an hour later, all eyes will be on the NEC Arena as the England netballers take on Australia in a rematch of the 2018 final on the Gold Coast.

The England men will also face Australia in hockey at 8:15 p.m., although they will be underdogs against a side seeking their seventh straight title. Then the action returns to the track, where Keely Hodgkinson and Zharnel Hughes are hoping to win a second and third track gold of the day for England.

We’ll bring you updates on all the stories that develop throughout the day. The bowling action is already underway at Leamington Spa, where England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh lead Australia’s Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan 11-10 in the women’s pairs gold medal match. Remarkably, Australia fought back 11-2. Stay tuned.


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