At the end of the third quarter
It’s 45-36 to Australia. Still a huge gap but not as big as it was…
Australia well on top now
With four minutes left in the third quarter they hold an 11-point lead. It’s 43-32 and the defending champions are up against it now…
The second half is under way
In the netball and England have done what they needed to do: start well.
They are within four (having been nine back) of Australia now.
It’s 31-27 to the Aussies.
We’re at the halfway point in the netball
And Australia lead England 29-23.
It’s turning into an intriguing match – exactly as we thought. The gap was nine goals at one stage but it’s down to six at the break.
From our very own Ben Bloom…
If England are going to make the netball final, they will have to do things the hard way by making up a six-goal deficit in the second half. They are seriously struggling to move the ball forward in centre court. How Jess Thirlby would love to be able to bring on former captain Serena Guthrie. Alas, she has now retired from netball after announcing her pregnancy earlier this year. She is a huge loss for England, which may cost them here.
Jake Wightman speaks to BBC Scotland…
…after he won bronze in the 1,500m.
On his emotions on not winning Commonwealth and World golds…
“Initially I was pretty disappointed because I wanted to win. But in hindsight if I told myself at this point I’d have a world gold and Commonwealth bronze two weeks later, I’d take that.”
On his run and tiredness after the World Championships…
“Mentally it was hard to get back up for this. I gave it a go to win it, but I didn’t have it. Just relieved to get something for Scotland because one of us deserved to be on the podium and I’m lucky to be the one to be on it.”
On his happiness at what he’s achieved this season…
“It wasn’t even the pressure it was just the mental fatigue of having had such a high, to come back up and get on it soon again after. I could have easily bombed that and not done even anything. For me I’ve done something so good this season, everything else is a bonus. It’s been a good season. I think the finish disappointment will fade away because I’m glad I managed to come back, step up and get a medal.”
After the first quarter in the netball
It’s 15-12 to Australia. As we expected it’s close.
Bowls medal updates!
England win the bronze in the men’s fours lawn bowls – they beat Wales 17-12.
BUT Northern Ireland win the GOLD after a brilliant win over India. Martin McHugh, his country’s flagbearer and gold medal winner in the same event waaaay back in 1998 at Kuala Lumpur, dished up the winning bowl.
Ben Bloom on that delay in the netball
There’s just been an utterly bizarre lengthy delay in the first quarter of England’s netball semi-final against Australia, when England’s goal post needed replacing after Layla Guscoth, attempting a dramatic flying intercept, smashed into the upright at such force that she ended up straddling it as it lay at an awkward angle. As four volunteers then struggled to wrestle the new post into place, Geva Mentor trundled over and gave it an almighty yank to pull it upright, sending the crowd into enormous cheers. All very odd and amusing.
The second netball semi-final is under way
As England face Australia for the right to battle it out with Jamaica for the gold.
There’s already action as England’s Layla Guscoth collides with the post and the officials decide they need to change it…
It’s 3-3 at the time.
Danni Wyatt speaks…
On her emotions at not making the final…
“Absolutely gutted. Another close game against India. It’s always a close game against them.”
On how England will approach the bronze-medal match…
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down as we’ve got another big game tomorrow.”
On the crowds…
“They’ve been brilliant, hope we can get another good crowd here tomorrow and we can get the bronze medal.”
On how England have played at the Games…
“Everyone’s contributed throughout the tournament and that’s a sign of a good team.”
India beat England
And will play in the final against the winner of Australia-New Zealand.
In the last over Katherine Brunt goes without scoring meaning the hosts needed 13 from three and new batter Ecclestone, understandably, cannot clear the ropes often enough, though she does hit a maximum the last ball of the match…
India win by four runs. Having posted a challenging target India always, you sense had their noses in front and will take some beating in the gold-medal match.
14 from six
Is what England need…
13 for the super over…who doesn’t love one of those…
Sciver had hit 10 off two
But is then run out. She was hitting out – just what England needed – but if the hosts are to make the final they will have to do it without her at the crease.
151 for five with the target 165 – or 14 off seven…
Two overs left
England need 27 to make the final over India.
Amy Jones run out
For 31…That’s made England’s job that much harder.
30 needed off 16. Bouchier is the new batter.
Good over for India
Just three from it.
England need 30 off 18 balls.
With four overs to go…
England need 33 runs (off 24 balls) to make it to the T20 final at the expense of India.
Nat Sciver and Amy Jones have brought up the 50 partnership and are looking good out there.
Advantage England, you have to suggest…India need wickets.
Over to Edgbaston
And England need 52 from 36 balls. The hosts are 113 for three with Nat Sciver (27 off 30) and Amy Jones (13 from 10) at the crease.
England have some big hitters to come but India will still fancy their chances if they take some wickets.
All set for a tight finish.
GOLD FOR ENGLAND!!
Thanks to Nick Miller in the men’s hammer.
He defended his title won on the Gold Cast with a 76.43m. Canada’s Ethan Katzberg’s PB of 76.36m earned him the silver, as Cypriot Alexandros Poursanidis final throw of 73.97m pushed England’s Jospeh Ellis out of the medals.
From Ben Bloom at the Alexander Stadium
Few athletes competing in Alexander Stadium have been through as much turmoil as Scottish hammer thrower Mark Dry, who managed to qualify for these Commonwealth Games after serving one of the most ridiculous doping bans ever dished out. I caught up with him at the start of the year as he attempted to make ends meet clearing out empty houses of people who had died. You can read his fascinating story here. He won Commonwealth bronze in 2014 and 2018 but was always unlikely to trouble the podium here after so much time spent away from the sport. He is back in 11th place.
It was a quick race
Hoare won in a Games record time of 3:30.12, Cheruiyot was second with a season’s best of 3:30.21, Withman ran 3:30.53 and Wales Jake Heyward was fifth with a PB of 3:31.08, a time he’d have assumed would have netted him at least a medal…
Australia’s Hoare wins 1,500m gold – Wightman claims bronze
Kipsang takes on the pace early on and went through 400m in 54 secs – that’s quick. Giles is tucked in behind and Wightman moves in not far behind.
Cheruiyot then takes over the reins – it’s a quick pace which will play into Wightman’s hands – in theory, at least. Josh Kerr looks tired at the back as the bell sounds.
With 300m Wightman is where he likes to be poised and he goes early with 200m to go. But Cheruiyot overtakes in the home straight as the Scot goes backwards. BUT it’s Olly Hoare who gets the gold as Cheruiyot stumbles slightly in the last 10m. Wightman wins the bronze.
It was a fast race – Hoare win in a Games record of 3:30.12.
Just over three and half minutes to go…
The runners are out there
Scotland’s Josh Kerr, Olympic bronze medallist is certainly part of the conversation.
In fact there are plenty of possible winners/podium placers. Elliot Giles goes for England.
New Zealand’s Sam Tanner looks like the coolest dude out there.
It’s nearly time for the men’s 1,500m final
Which means it’s Jake Wightman time!
Can the Scot back up his World Championship gold with a Commonwealth title?
Here’s a big of pre-race reading – well worth a bit of your time, all about his running-mad family and his dad commentating on his win in Eugene.
READ: Jake Wightman’s gold medal ‘fulfils prophecy’ for the first family of athletics
Sophia Dunkley has gone for 19
The opener tried to hit across the line and is trapped leg before.
England are 28 for one off 2.5 overs with 165 the target.
England ease to final of men’s 4x100m final
The defending champions – a quartet of Jona Efoloko, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoborun – winning in 38.46secs. Trinidad and Tobago were second as medal contenders Australia fell over on the last baton change. Guyana came through to grab third.
Great start for England
As they chase India’s 164 in the T20 at Edgbaston.
Sophia Dunkley has 17 off seven with England on 24 without loss after 1.3 overs.
Like Scotland, England’s women are though to the 4x100m final
Asha Philip, Imani Lansiquot, Bianca Williams and Ashleigh Nelson ran 42.72 seconds, finishing behind Nigeria, with Australia taking the final automatic spot.
India finish on 164 for five
They started off on fire scoring 64 without loss in the powerplay. But England were able to stem the run rate and will have a target of 165 to get to the final.
Smriti was the star of the innings scoring a rapid-fire 61 off 32 balls, she was ably assisted by Jemimah (44 not out off 31), Harmanprett (20 off 20) and Deepti (22 off 20).
We could be in for another tight one.
Scotland third in their 4x100m heat
In a time of 45.39 secs – a new national record. They finished behind Jamaica and India.
After 18 overs
India are 146 for three – the partnership between Deepti and Jemimah is worth 40 and they are look at a total in excess of 165.
Another wicket at Edgbaston
India’s Harmanpreet pulls hard and Bouchier takes a brilliant catch running in from the boundary at square leg!
India are 106 for three off 13.2 overs. England have slowed their run-rate since that blistering opening stand.
Disappointment for Morgan Lake
The English star ends in fourth in the high jump final.
Morgan Lake fails with her last attempt at 1.95
She finishes just outside the medal positions – the worst spot – and has to settle for fourth.
Jamaica’s Lamara Distin wins the gold, Australia’s world champion Eleanor Patterson takes the silver, with Distan’s compatriot Kimberly Williamson grabbing the bronze.
Morgan Lake clears 1.92
At the second attempt – just what she wanted.
Two wickets in two overs for England
And they’ve got the wicket they wanted – Smriti is caught by Wong in the deep off the bowling of Nat Sciver.
The Indian big-hitter goes for 61 with her side on 77 for two.
Jemima Montag wins the walking race gold
The Australia won over the 10k distance in a time of 42 mins 34 secs, which is quicker than I run the same distance…
England have their first wicket
Verma goes for 15 but she’s played a good supporting role in that Indian opening stand of 76 off 7.5 overs.
Morgan Lake fails at her first attempt at
Nobody has cleared that height with their first attempt. No one looks to be jumping that well in the high jump final.
Smriti is on fire
The Indian has reached her 50 off just 23 balls – the fastest of the Games – she’s taking the game to England.
It’s a great powerplay for India, after six overs they are 64 without loss.
In the women’s high jump final
England’s Morgan Lake and Laura Zialor have cleared 1.85m. Emily Borthwick has already exited.
India off to a sparkling start
Smriti is taking on the England attack – she’s been in fine form this competition and she’s brought that into this semi-final.
India have reached the 50 inside five overs with Smriti on 45 off 21…dominant.
India are 28 without loss
After three overs in the opening T20 semi against England.
India won the toss and elected to bat at a packed Edgbaston.
AUSTRALIA WIN GOLD IN THE BOWLS!!
What a match! What a finish!!
With the last bowl of the tie-break Ellen Ryan knocks England’s scoring bowl out of the way, meaning the Aussies win 19-18…
The England pair of Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharoah played superbly but Australia’s Ellen Ryan and Kristina Krstic cameback brilliantly from 11-2 down to grab the gold with the last roll of the dice.
Two balls to go in the pair’s final
First gold of the day goes to Wales
Gemma Frizelle takes gold in the rhythmic gymnastics hoop final.
She scored 28.700 to beat Cypriot Anna Sokolova to the title. Canada’s Carmel Kallemaa took the bronze.
Emily Borthwick out of the high jump final
The English athlete cannot make it over 1.81m after three attempts and departs the competition.
Amy Pharoah plays a clutch bowl
With the last bowl of the final.
Australia had a two until Pharoah knocked one of those out so the end ended 1-0 to the Aussie making is 18-18 overall.
We’re going to a 19th end!
The T20 semis are upon us
England face India in the first last-four clash at Edgbaston. They will battle it out for the right to face the winner of Australia vs New Zealand, whose semi-final gets under way at 6pm.
England hold the recent historical advantage over today’s opponents winning a three-match series 2-1 a year ago.
It’s a nail-biting finish in the bowls
England lead the Aussie 18-17 after the penultimate end…
Squeaky bum time….
The action is under way at the track
The focus for the first couple of hours will be the women’s high jump final.
Going for England are the trio Morgan Lake, Laura Zialor and Emily Borthwick.
The women’s 10,000 race walk final has just started – the Australia trio of Katie Hayward, Rebecca Henderson and Jemma Montag are the favourites. Wales’ British champion Bethan Davies won bronze over a 20km distance at the Commonwealth Games four years ago. She goes for the home nation as does her compatriot Heather Lewis.
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know much about race walking other than it looks really awkward/uncomfortable and competitors can be disqualified within sight of the finish line if deemed to have broken into a trot…harsh…
Jamaica into the final!
Of the netball. That’s thanks to their dominant 67-51 win over New Zealand in the first semi-final.
They backed up their brilliant win over Australia in the group stage with another impressive performance. They took the lead early on and never relinquished it.
They face the winner of Australia – England and whoever comes out on top in that one will be all too aware that they will face a huge battle for the gold against the Jamaicans.
Level at 16-16 after 14 ends
In the England vs Australia pair’s bowls final.
Having been 11-2 down
Australia’s Ellen Ryan and Kristina Krstic have come back brilliantly in the pair’s final. They now enjoy a 16-12 lead over the England pair of Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharoah.
Can the hosts find their form and luck (everyone needs a bit of luck…) again and mount a counter charge?
Five ends left.
It’s very tight in the bowls
After 12 ends it’s all square at 12-12…great comeback from the Aussies – six ends left.
Jamaica in complete control against the Kiwis
With less than two minutes left in the third quarter they lead 49-35 in the first semi-final.
A reminder that England take on Australia in the other last-four clash later.
Great comeback from Australia
In the pair’s lawn bowls final – having been 11-2 down they are now just one back of the hosts. It’s now 11-10 to England after the 10th end.
Jamaica lead New Zealand
36-22 at the halfway stage in the netball semis. A lot of work for the Kiwis to do if they are to make the final.
At the end of the first quarter
In the Jamaica – New Zealand netball semi-final the Jamaicans lead the Kiwis by 18-9.
A great sixth end for England!
In the bowls final – England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharoah are having a stormer and they pick up four more points to lead the Australians 11-2.
Jamaica with the early advantage
In the Netball semi-final against New Zealand. With five minutes left in the first quarter they lead 13-7.
After five ends
England lead the Aussies by 7-2. Amy Pharoah is playing a blinder at the moment and the hosts have a five-point lead.
England are battling it out with Australia
For gold in the women’s pairs bowls over in Victoria Park.
England are currently 6-2 up after four ends. Can they hold on?
The first big event of the day is about to get under way
It’s the first of the women’s netball semi-finals. The impressive Jamaicans, who shocked Australia 57-55 to top their pool, are facing New Zealand.
Later England face old foes Australia.
Wightman going for back-to-back 1,500m golds
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of day nine of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
With the action drawing to a close there remains several medals to hand out and today will see what’s likely to be some great entertainment on the tracks, fields and pitches of England’s second city.
The highlights of today include several finals on the track.
In the men’s 1,500 Scotland’s Jake Wightman will be looking to back up his World Championship gold with another at the Alexandra Stadium. He’s the favourite for this race and is doubtless keen to improve on his bronze from the Gold Coast four years ago. Also going in that race are his compatriots Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley, and for England Elliot Giles and Matthew Stonier will carry the home hopes.
Wightman’s father and coach Geoff will again be on commentary duties as the English-born but Edinburgh-raised star targets gold for Scotland. That race is one to watch over your lunch with a 1.10 start time.
In the evening Laura Muir and Keely Hodgkinson goes in the women’s 800m final, looking to make it a double gold for Scotland in middle distance (depending on how Wightman does earlier…), Zharnel Hughes runs for England in the men’s 200m final, and Beth Dobbin will carry the hopes of Scotland in the women’s 200m.
On top of all that there’s the T20 semi-finals, the men’s hockey semis and the final of the men’s lawn bowls. Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly faces Malaysia’s Fairul Izwan Abd Muin in the first semi, with Scotland’s Ian McLean facing Australia’s Aaron Wilson in the other.
All this on a day after history was made when Scotland’s George Miller became the oldest gold medallist in the history of the Games when Scotland beat Wales in the B2/B3 mixed pairs bowls.
The 75-year-old Miller is director for visually impaired bowler Melanie Innes, who along with Robert Barr and his lead director Sarah Jane beat Wales 16-9 in the final at Victoria Park, Lymington Spa.
“A year ago I never dreamed of being here. I got a phone call, and nearly fell off my chair to be honest. Here we are – where are we going to go from here?” Miller told the BBC.
“Bowls is easier for older people but any sport … walking football, rugby, you name it. Get out there and exercise, play games, and compete. It’s brilliant whatever age you are.”
Miller took the record as oldest gold medallist from Rosemary Lenton, also from Scotland, who at 72 won gold in the Para women’s pairs bowls last Wednesday.