Spendolini-Sirieix eyes second gold as netball and cricket stars chase final


England’s netball prepares to take on Australia in a delicious netball semi-final as Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix is ​​watched by famous dad Fred as she hops for her second gold of the games.

Here, the PA news agency looks ahead to Saturday’s big showdowns and reflects on Friday’s action as we enter the final weekend of competition.

Netball Rematch

England’s Helen Housby celebrates scoring the winning goal against Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth Final (Martin Rickett/PA)

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England and Australia face off in their netball semi-final after the hosts beat world champions New Zealand by 10 points to secure their place in the last four.

Australia limped into the knockout rounds after a shock defeat by Jamaica, but England manager Jess Thirlby is all too aware that the Australians – still aching from their last-second defeat at the Gold Coast – will be licking their wounds .

hard test

Harmanpreet Kaur and India stand in England’s way (Steven Paston/PA)

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England’s cricketers made a powerful statement by beating New Zealand on Friday and chasing just 72 with 50 balls in a seven-wicket win to finish at the top of their group. They have now won six consecutive T20 tournaments and confidence is building steadily but Harmanpreet Kaurs India are likely to take a step forward.

A final against Australia or New Zealand awaits the winners, while the losers have the consolation of entering the bronze medal match.

Ace Andrea

Fresh from her victory in the women’s 10m platform final – watched by her TV star dad Fred – teenager Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix gets the chance to make her dream game debut in the women’s 10m platform final at the extend Saturday.

The 17-year-old scored a first international win in the seniors at the Sandwell Aquatics Center on Thursday night, finishing ahead of England team-mate Lois Toulson to lead the standings by a whopping 20.20 points.

social media moment

Canada made England work hard for every point on the badminton court.

image of the day

Marfa Ekimova on her way to all-around gold (Peter Byrne/PA)

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Favorites on Friday

More from Muir

Laura Muir has her sights set on an elusive Commonwealth medal after reaching her second final. The Scot finished fifth in her 1500m on Friday morning and reached Sunday’s final at the Alexander Stadium. She ran four minutes and 14.11 seconds, having already reached the 800m final on Saturday.

Big Scot

Scotsman George Miller became the oldest gold medalist in Commonwealth Games history after winning the Para Bowls mixed pairs final at the age of 75.

Miller, who is lead director for visually impaired teammate Melanie Inness, succeeds his Para Bowls teammate, 72-year-old Rosemary Lenton, who briefly held the record after winning the women’s doubles title on Wednesday.

Magic Marfa

Marfa Ekimova, centre, celebrates with her gold medal (Peter Byrne/PA)

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17-year-old Marfa Ekimova, who was in the process of helping the England team win their first medal in rhythmic gymnastics since 2010 on Thursday, put on an impressive series of performances to capture the gold medal in the individual all-around.

Ekimova, who was born in St Petersburg and moved to the UK at the age of two, showed excellent routines on the four apparatuses – hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – scoring 112,300 and beating Anna Sokolova of Cyprus into second place. Spendolini-Sirieix eyes second gold as netball and cricket stars chase final

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