Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, July 30 - Dame Sophie Pascoe, track cyclists chase gold on day two

Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, July 30 - Dame Sophie Pascoe, track cyclists chase gold on day two

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Well, that's it from us for tonight. We'll be back first thing tomorrow though so stay tuned!

On Sunday, Bryony Botha will ride for gold in the individual pursuit, while Lewis Clareburt is a contender in the men's 400m individual medley as immediate medal prospects.

Meanwhile, both men's and women's sevens sides have progressed unbeaten from pool play, and will play their respective quarter and semi-finals on Sunay morning.

11:47pm - CRICKET

The White Ferns strike again. Hannah Rowe gets Tazmin Brits, who smashes one straight to Brooke Halliday on the edge of the circle, out for six.

South Africa now 15/2 after four overs. Great start for the White Ferns under new coach Ben Sawyer.

11:35pm - CRICKET

Hayley Jensen strikes in her first over. Aneeke Bosch is caught at cover by Bates for three.

South Africa are 7/1 chasing 168.

11:24pm - SQUASH

Joelle King makes short work of Katse, taking a 3-0 win to advance to the last 16.

11:19pm - CYCLING

Ellesse Andrews is beaten by Canada's Lauriane Genest in the first race of the best of three women's sprint quarter-final.

She's got two more attempts to try and get through.

11:16pm - CRICKET

Last over. Ayabonga Khaka bowls it. Full toss first ball, so Bates pulls it for six over square leg to move to 80 and bring up the 150.

Two singles, before Bates clears her front leg and whacks four more past long-on. 

Six more next ball! Another full toss, and Bates swings it over the leg side for six more.

Bates on 91, one ball to come. Swing and a miss, and Kerr is run out trying to sneak a bye.

The White Ferns finsih with 167/2 from their 20 overs!

11:12pm - CRICKET

Suzie Bates has just walked across her stumps, and flicked South Africa's Shabnim Ismail over fine leg for six.

NZ are 149/1 after 19 overs, Bates has 74, and has added 50 for the second wicket with Kerr.

11:05pm - SQUASH

Defending gold medallist and Kiwi flagbearer Joelle King has started her singles campaign, and won the opening game of her first match.

King won the first game 11-1 against Leungo Katse of Botswana.

11:04pm - CRICKET

With three overs to go, the White Ferns are 127/1.

Bates has 54 - but needs to go big to finish!

10:59pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Game over. The All Blacks Sevens hold out for a 20-0 victory and reach the quarter-finals unbeaten.

They top Pool A, Samoa reach the quarter-finals, England third and out of medal contention.

10:58pm - CRICKET

Suzie Bates brings up her 50, taking 44 balls with five boundaries.

NZ 114/1 in the 16th over.

10:56pm - RUGBY SEVENS

And Clark has two! The All Blacks Sevens go wide again, and this time the youngster beats his man for pace, and runs infield to score his second.

The conversion attempt hits the upright, but doesn't go over.

NZ 20 ENG 0

10:54pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Che Clark scores on his Commonwealth Games debut! The 19-year-old darts for the right corner, and holds off the defender to score in the corner!

Unsuccessful conversion.

NZ 15 ENG 0

10:52pm - CRICKET

Sophie Devine falls before she can reach 50, out for 48 at 99/1.

Amelia Kerr replaces her at No.3, Suzie Bates is not out with 46 at the other end in the 14th over.

10:51pm - CYCLING

Ellesse Andrews beats Breanna Hargrave of Australia, and reaches the last eight of the women's sprint!

10:50pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Tangitau scores in the corner, and grabs the All Blacks Sevens' second!

NZ 10 ENG 0

10:49pm - SWIMMING

Lewis Clareburt has won his 400m individual medley heat, and qualified for the final!

10:48pm - RUGBY SEVENS

The second half is underway!

10:46pm - RUGBY SEVENS

England attack with the final play of the first half. The All Blacks Sevens give away a penalty, and England go quickly.

Davies picks and goes, but he loses the ball in Molia's tackle.

That's halftime, NZ lead 5-0.

10:45pm - CYCLING

Olivia King has been knocked out of the women's sprint, falling to Lauriane Genest of Canada.

10:44pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Webber claims a try in the left cornrer after reaching at full stretch. We'll have to check upstairs. 

He's got there! NZ open the scoring in the final minute of the first half!

Conversion to come, but it's wayward.

NZ 5 ENG 0

10:42pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Webber goes wide, before Tangitau loses the ball. England look to play out from the back, but give away another penalty.

Poor from the hosts so far.

10:41pm - CRICKET

At the halfway stage of their innings, the White Ferns are 77/0.

Devine has 42 off 31, Bates is 30 off 29.

10:41pm - RUGBY SEVENS

New Zealand win a penalty at the breakdown. But Ng Shiu is penalised after the restart.

10:39pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Rokolisoa tries to break down the left, but England have given away another penalty.

Dickson waits to take the tap, as Webber and Ng Shiu wrap, before England give away ANOTHER penalty. 

Molia drops it after the restart though. Still scoreless.

10:38pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Scott Curry is driven back in a tackle, before Webber puts Tangitau into a gap.

England give away a penalty in defence.

10:37pm - RUGBY SEVENS

England kick off, and we're away.

10:36pm - RUGBY SEVENS

The All Blacks Sevens are up now, and face England in their final pool match.

Captain Sam Dickson leads the side out onto the field.

10:35pm - CYCLING

Rebecca Petch has been knocked out of the women's sprint, falling to top qualifier Kelsey Mitchell of Canada.

10:34pm - SWIMMING

NZ's Hazel Ouwehand has finished fifth in her womens' 100m backstroke heat.

10:32pm - CYCLING

Botha will ride for gold. She'll face Australia's Mave Plouffe in a trans-Tasman individual pursuit showdown. 

Tomorrow morning. If Botha can produce anything like what we witnessed earlier, she'll be a hot favourite to take gold.

10:27pm - CYCLING

Kiwi Bryony Botha has set a Commonwealth Games record in the individual pursuit qualifiers. 

There are two more riders to come in qualifying, but Botha will hopefully advance to ride for gold.

10:25pm - CRICKET

The White Ferns have made a great start to their first match. 

Openers Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates have added 49 without loss from the powerplay batting first.

Captain Devine has 35 of those, with four boundaries and two sixes.

10:20pm - CYCLING

The Kiwi trio of Olivia King, Rebecca Petch, and medallist Ellesse Andrews have all qualified for the last 16 of the women's sprint.

9:52pm - BOWLS

In the men's triple, New Zealand's Andrew Kelly, Mike Galloway and Ali Forsyth have gone down in a 15-14 nailbiter against Scotland.

9:50pm - CRICKET

In their Commonwealth Games debut, the White Ferns have lost the toss and will bat first against South Africa at Edbaston. Wicketkeeper Izzy Gaze and spinner Eden Carson are making their debuts.

White Ferns: 1-Sophie Devine (c), 2-Suzie Bates, 3-Amelia Kerr, 4-Maddy Green, 5-Brooke Halliday, 6-Hayley Jensen, 7-Izzy Gaze, 8-Lea Tahuhu, 9-Hannah Rowe, 10-Fran Jonas, 11-Eden Carson.

A very spin-heavy focus for the White Ferns!

9:45pm - SWIMMING

In the first Kiwi race of the day, Cameron Gray has finished sixth in his men's 200m freestyle heat.

A good effort from the 23-year-old on Games debut, but he's finished outside of finals contention.

9:35pm - BOWLS

Inch has won her singles match, defeating Buckingham 21-10. 

Elsewhere, para pair Noble and Skellern came back to defeat Wales, winning 20-12.


Less than a minute on the clock. Pouri-Lane has the ball on the left, and goes round her marker to score another! 

The conversion is astray, but it won't matter. The Black Ferns Sevens top Pool A!

NZ 38 ENG 7


England knock on. New Zealand scrum, just under three minutes remaining.

The Black Ferns Sevens end up going backwards, as Brazier's boot keeps possession in Kiwi hands.

Felix-Hotham is on the end of a bouncing ball, steps one defender and outruns a couple more, and that's try No.5.

NZ 33 ENG 7


This could be the game. Classic overlap for the Black Ferns Sevens, and Shiray Kaka is on the end of the line to score in the corner.

No conversion this time.

NZ 26 ENG 7

9:20pm - RUGBY SEVENS 

England kick downfield to catch the Black Ferns Sevens out at the back, but Kaka gets there to save the day.

The Black Ferns Sevens go wide to Fluhler on the right, and then to the left but Hotham knocks on.


Brazier kicks through the line. Fitzpatrick gets there, and loses it as Hirini tries to claim a try, but the knock on is called.


We're ready to go for the second half. Nathan-Wong kicks off, and the bounce is kind for Fluhler to gather.


Boatman splits the defence and scores for England right before the break, and the home crowd comes to life.

The conversion is good, and that's halftime.

NZ 21 ENG 7


England knock on in front of their own posts. Great chance for the Black Ferns Sevens.

Too easy. Brazier goes left to Blyde, and she grabs her second with a try in the corner.

Nathan-Wong nails this one from the sideline! Brilliant kicking.

NZ 21 ENG 0


Nathan-Wong looks to break on the right, and finds Woodman inside her.

Woodman finds Hirini, who dances through to score NZ's second! Too easy for the captain.

Nathan-Wong converts this one too.

NZ 14 ENG 0


Nathan-Wong looks to break down the left, but is tackled as the Black Ferns Sevens move to the right. Kaka wins a penalty as she's tackled.

Goss goes wide to Blyde, and she breaks two tackles to score the opener! Another try for Blyde!

Nathan-Wong converts from in front.

NZ 7 ENG 0


Fitzpatrick knocks on trying to place the ball, England scrum. Woodman makes a tackle on Jones early on, and wins a turnover.

No injury concerns so far!

NZ 0 ENG 0


Portia Woodman has taken the field first up, after injuring her ankle yesterday.

England will kick off.


Canada have just thrashed Sri Lanka, so the Black Ferns Sevens are up - and will take top spot with victory.


We're nearly ready for the Black Ferns Sevens, who face hosts England in their final pool match.

8:56pm - BOWLS

Inch now leads 19-9 over Buckingham.

Meanwhile, the men's pair have levelled at 11-11 against Wales.

8:46pm - BOWLS

Inch now leads 15-8 over Buckingham, just six away from victory.

8:29pm - BOWLS

Inch is starting to pull ahead, and now leads 11-6. First to 21 wins.

8:15pm - BOWLS

Inch has taken an 8-6 lead over Buckingham. 

8:07pm - BOWLS

NZ's Katelyn Inch is level at 6-6 with Olivia Buckingham of Niue.

A short time ago, Kiwis Mark Noble and Graham Skellern were down 6-5 against Paul Brown and Christopher Spriggs of Wales.

7:25pm - BOWLS

The men's triple are taking on Scotland in round three of Section A.

Malta and Scotland are the other two teams that make up the Section.

Last night, New Zealand defeated India 23-6, before falling 22-12 to Malta.


Good evening! We're back for the night, with more Kiwis in action in Birmingham.

We've got cycling, sevens, cricket swimming and squash on the cards, but the Kiwi quest resumes with bowls in less than an hour, with Katelyn Inch in the women's singles, the men's triple of Ali Forysth, Mike Galloway and Andrew Kelly also up.

In the para bowls, Pam Walker and Lynda Bennett are competing in the B6-B8.

Stay tuned!


9:35am - Wow, hold the phone. Blacksticks men are now 5-5 with Scotland in their opening game, after trailling 3-0 at one stage. Can't be long to go now...

And that's the game, NZ have snatched a draw from a contest that could really have ended much worse. It won't help their medal chances, but it will keep them alive for now.

That's the end of the first day's competition at Birmingham, a successful one for the Kiwis, with golds to Dame Sophie Pascoe, and our men's team pursuit and women's sprint team on the cycle track.

Join us tonight for the start of day two, with our bowlers the first in action. 

The White Ferns begin their cricket campaign against South Africa, our cycling sprinters and pursuiters begin their individual chase for medals, the sevens sides continue pool play, and squash stars Joelle King and Paul Coll play their first round of singles.

The evening (NZ time) timetable looks like this...


Katelyn Inch v Olivia Buckingham (Niue) - women's singles round 3

Ali Fosyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly v Scotland - men's triples round 3

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern v Wales - para men's pairs round 3

Pam Walker & Lynda Bennett v Scotland - para women's pairs round 3

Katelyn Inch v Amy Pharaoh (England) - women's singles round 4

NZ v South Africa - women's group match

Rebecca Petch - women's sprint qualifying

Olivia King - women's sprint qualifying

Elesse Andrews - women's sprint qualifying

Bryony Botha - women's individual pursuit qualifying

Women's sprint 1/8 finals

Women's sprint quarter-finals

Aaron Gate - men's individual pursuit qualifying

Jordan Kerby - men's individual pursuit qualifying

Tom Sexton - men's individual pursuit qualifying

NZ v England - women's pool A

NZ v England - men's pool A


Joelle King v Leungo Kartse (Botswana) - women's singles round of 32

Paul Coll v Niall Engerer (Malta) - men's singles round of 32

Cameron Gray - 200m freestyle heat 3

Lewis Clareburt - 400m individual medley heat 2

Hazel Ouwehand - 100m backstroke heat 3   

9:17am - Blacksticks men now 5-2 down to Scotland into the final quarter.

8:43am - Just to follow up on the gymnastics result, several Kiwis have progressed to individual all-round and apparatus finals...

All-round - Mikhail Koudinov 13th, Ethan Dick 14th

Pommel horse - Ethan Dick sixth

Vault - Sam Dick eighth

8:32am - Bowls programme is over for the day, with the NZ para women's pairs falling 12-10 to England, but the women's fours beating Niue 29-3.

Katelyn Inch won her only singles match of the day, while the men's triples and women's fours also emerged unblemished.

8:30am - Silver Ferns have completed a 79-20 win over Northern Ireland to open their netball account, with England, Australia and Jamaica also negotiating the opening day successfully.

Blacksticks men now 3-0 down to Scotland at the hockey...

8:16am - Blacksticks men are in trouble in their opening match, down 1-0 to Scotland after the opening quarter. Remember, the women beat Kenya 16-0 earlier.

Silver Ferns are 67-19 up over Northern Ireland in the final quarter of the netball.

8:03am - Next Kiwi in the pool is Helena Gasson in the 100 butterfly semis. She finishes sixth and won't progress.

7:59am - Jeffcoat qualifies for the 100 backstroke final with the third-fastest time of the semis...

New Zealand slip to seventh in the men's gymnastics, with England emerging late to win from Canada and Cyprus.

7:50am - Andrew Jeffcoat in the 100 backstroke semis and he rockets out of the start, but is caught by Englishman Brodie Williams before the finish. Still, his second placing with 54.01s - just 0.01s behind Williams - should be enough to progress to the final.

7:43am - Lwamba Chileshe has followed his brother through to the next round of men's singles squash, beating Feanor Siaguru of Papua New Guinea 11-4, 11-3, 11-4.

7:39am - New Zealand catapult into fourth in the men's gymnastics, trailling Cyprus, Scotland and Wales, but still some teams to complete their rotation, notably England, Canada and Australia.

But bad news for the boxing contingent, with Onyx Lye knocked out in the first round of his light-heavyweight round of 32 bout by Taylor Bevan of Wales.

Sophie Pascoe receives her gold medal for the 100 freestyle S9...

7:23am - Gray's time stands up well against the second semi and he will contest the 50m butterfly final.

Meanwhile, at the netball, the Silver Ferns are comfortably ahead of Northern Ireland early, 21-6 in the second quarter.

But the All Blacks Sevens have come from behind to beat Samoa 19-17 in their second pool game, outscoring their rivals 12-0 in the second half, after trailling at halftime.

7:18am - Cameron Gray has finished fourth in his 50m butterfly semi in 23.58s, but will need to wait for the second race to see if that's good enough to qualify for tomorrow's final.

7:02am - Aussie McConnell gets the best start, but Pascoe there in the middle of the pool and has the lead at the turn. She's well clear heading to the finish and takes gold!

7am - Tupou Neiufi will also contest the women's 100m freestyle S9, but her specialty event will come later in the programme. Pascoe clocked the fastest qualifying time, but less than a second quicker than Scot Toni Shaw.

6:56am - Aussie Tim Hodge has this race under control, but Reynolds is in the medal hunt and grabs silver in 1m 03.65s. Great result and our first medal in the pool!

Willmer in seventh with 1m 15.80s. Pascoe next...

6:55am - Reynolds and Willmer in their blocks for the 100m backstroke S9...

6:49am - Before the next swimming final, a quick wrap-up from the bowls...

The men's triples have fallen 22-12 to Malta in the second round, the men's pair beat Niue 23-14, the men's para pair fell to England 19-11 nad the women's fours beat Wales 18-12.

6:45am - We can report that the Games online results service is running very slowly right now, so obviously millions of people clambering for results. They may need to upgrade their servers...

New Zealand losing some ground at the men's gymnastics, with Cyprus making a big move up the leaderboard and the Kiwis slipping to seventh.

6:31am - Australia 1-2-3, with Titmus winning in a new Games record. Fairweather looks to have finished fifth in 1m 57.08s.

Next up, the men's 100m freestyle S9 final, with Kiwis Jesse Reynolds and Joshua Willmer.

6:29am - Aussies dominating this race through the opening 50 metres, but Fairweather isn't far off the pace.

6:23am - McIntosh sets a new Games record to win in 4m 29.01s, with Rasmussen just pipped by Forrester for sixth/seventh in 4m 41.81s.

Next up, Erika Fairweather in the women's 200m freestyle final.

6:22am - Rasmussen making up some trbound on breaststroke, but still at the back of the field entering freestyle.

6:21am - Rasmussen has fallen to the back of the field over backstroke and looks out of the medals halfway through the race, with breaststroke and freestyle to come.

6:19am - Rasmussen has dropped to the back of the field over the first lap of butterfly, three seconds behind leader Summer McIntish of Canada. She picked up Aussie Jenna Forrester on the second 50m.

6:16am - Coming up at the pool, the second final of the evening session at Birmingham, where Kiwi Mya Rasmussen contests the 400m individual medley from lane seven. She had the sixth fastest qualifying time.

6:13am - Temwa Chileshe has won his opening round of men's singles at the squash, beating Jules Snagg of St Vincent Grenadines 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 in the round of 64.

Brother Lwmba faces Feanor Siaguru from Papua New Guinea later in the morning.

6:10am - After beating Canada earlier in the day, the Black Ferns Sevens have overwhelmed Sir Lanka 60-0 in their second appearance, as they try to defend their gold medal from Gold Coast.

Micaela Blyde has run in six tries - incredible!

The All Blacks Sevens face Samoa in just under an hour...

6:07am - The Kiwi gymnasts are performing in group three of the men's team competition, but very difficult to figure out exactly how they're going. They seem to be in sixth right now, with Wales early pacesetters, after completing their rotation earlier.

5:56am - Phew! That was an exahausting hour of racing at the velodrome, and now is a chance to catch our breath and enjoy some medal ceremonies. We'll do a quick whip around the other venues to see how our Kiwis are going...

5:43am - New Zealand have wrapped up bronze in the men's sprint at the velodrome, beating Canada in 43.856s. Well done to Badly Knipe, Sam Dakin and Sam Webster.

5:41am - The men sprinters are now on the track, racing for bronze against Canada, but a technical issue has seen the race called back after the start. They're back in their blocks...

5:34am - They've done it! Rebecca Petch, Olivia King and Ellesse Andrews take gold over Canada in the team sprint, clocking a new Games record for the second time today.

5:31am - Read about the cycling success here, as the programme unfolds at the Lee Valley VeloPark, where the NZ women are about to race off for gold in the team sprint.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to the second day of competition at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games - which is actually the evening session of the first day on the other side of the world, if you know what I mean.

Firstly, let's recap what you missed overnight...

- Olympic bronze medallist Hayden Wilde captured New Zealand's first medal of the Games, taking silver in the men's triathlon, despite incurring a time penalty in the bike/run transition.

- The NZ men's pursuit team grabbed our first gold at the velodrome, overpowering England in the final with a new Games record.

- Our short-handed women's pursuit team took silver in their event, trailling Australia home, after losing a rider before the programme began.

Those are the highlights, but there's plenty more to come. The morning's schedule looks something like this...

Artistic Gymnastics
Ethan Dick, Sam Dick, William Fu Allen, Mikhail Koudinov, Jorden O’Connell-Inns - men's team final & individual qualification 3

Shannon McIlroy & Tony Grantham v Niue - men's pairs round 1

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern v England - para men's pairs round 2

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Selina Goddard & Nicole Toomy v Wales - women's fours round 1

Shannon McIlroy & Tony Grantham v Canada - men's pairs round 2

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Selina Goddard & Nicole Toomy v Niue - women's fours round 2

Pam Walker & Lynda Bennett v England - para women's pairs round 2

Onyx Lye v Taylor Bevan (Wales) - men's round of 32

Women's team pursuit finals

Men's team pursuit finals

Women's team sprint finals

Men's team sprint finals

NZ v Scotland - men's group match

NZ v Northern Ireland

NZ v Sri Lanka - women's pool A

NZ v Samoa - men's pool A

Temwa Chilese v Jules Snagg (St Vincent & Grenadines) - men's singles round of 64

Lwamba Chilese v Feanor Siaguru (Papua New Guinea) - men's singles round of 64

Mya Rasmussen - women's 400m individual medley final

Eve Thomas - women's 200m freestyle final

Erika Fairweather - women's 200m freestyle final

Jesse Reynolds - men's 100m backstroke S9 final

Joshua Willmer - men's 100m backstroke S9 final

Dame Sophie Pascoe - women's 100m freestyle S9 final

Tupou Neiufi - women's 100m freestyle S9 final

Cameron Gray - men's 50m butterfly semis

Andrew Jeffcoat - men's 100m backstroke semis

Helena Gasson - women's 100m butterfly semis

Hazel Ouwehand - women's 100m butterfly semis

Andrea Hansen, Nicole van der Kaay - women's individual