Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 5 - Netballers, cricketers, hockey men play for semi-final draws

Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 5 - Netballers, cricketers, hockey men play for semi-final draws

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That'll wrap up our coverage for tonight, but we'll be back in a few hours to continue.

Leading the Kiwi charge on Saturday morning is Tom Walsh, the favourite for the men's shot put gold, while the Black Sticks women also have their semi-final, with victory to see the reigning champs earn a shot to defend their title.

There's plenty more action, so join us then!

12:04am - BOWLS

Back to the bowls, where the men's fours are down 7-6 in a close encounter against Wales in their quarter-final.

Meanwhile, the women's pair are 8-4 down against England.

12:03am - SQUASH

Malaysia have stormed out to take the first game 11-3, the Chileshe brothers will need to win the next two if they're to advance.

11:58pm - SQUASH

The Chileshe brothers are 6-2 down against Malaysia in the first game of their round of 16 clash.

11:48pm - SQUASH

In the men's doubles, New Zealand's Chileshe brothers are about to get underway in their round of 16 match, facing off against Malaysia.

11:28pm - BOWLS

In the men's fours quarter-final, Wales are 3-2 up after two ends against New Zealand.

11:24pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard are down 5-1 in their semi-final against England after the first three ends.

10:58pm - BOWLS

We're about to get back underway in the bowls. The men's fours face Wales in their quarter-final, while Inch and Goddard will be backing up for their semi-final.


Rwanda take a 20-19 lead, and are serving for the match.

O'Dea goes up at the net, and hits the ball out. Rwanda celebrate, but the Kiwis challenge the call.

But the replays aren't kind. Rwanda go through to the semi-finals, and the Kiwis are out.


Rwanda have pulled it back to 17-all. Big passage of play coming up for the Kiwis.


And O'Dea and Fuller take the lead in the second set! From 9-5 down, they're now 11-10 up.

First to 21 takes the set.


Into the second set - a must win for O'Dea and Fuller - where Rwanda have taken a 9-5 lead early on.


But just like that, Rwanda have taken the first set 21-18.


O'Dea and Fuller have brought their score back to 18-17 down, but look like they've got the momentum.

10:18pm - WRESTLING

Matthew Oxenham has been defeated 10-0 by Deepak Punia of India in the 1/8 final.


The Kiwi pair of Sam O'Dea and Brad Fuller are 10-6 down in the first game of their quarter-final against Rwanda.

10:04pm - BOWLS

The New Zealand women's triple of Val Smith, Tayla Bruce and Nicole Toomey have fallen to a 16-9 defeat in their semi-final, but will still play off for bronze.

9:56pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have fought back, and won three shots on the bounce to take a 16-15 victory!


9:49pm - DIVING

Squire's fifth and final attempt is a 39.00. She finishes with 208.65 all up.

That's enough for ninth place in qualifying, after already being assured of a spot in the final.

9:47pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have fallen behind again, as Wales take a 15-13 lead after the 17th end.

9:46pm - WRESTLING

Brahm Richards has been beaten 10-0 by Scotland's Ross Connelly, and will now face a repechage if he's to advance.

9:33pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard take the lead! After 16 ends, they hold a 13-12 advantage.

9:32pm - DIVING 

Squire is up for her third of five attempts now, and this time scores 43.20.

Still bottom of the field though.

9:28pm - DIVING

Squire's up for her second, and scores a 37.75, but sits bottom of the leaderboard after two rounds.

9:14pm - DIVING

Squire's up for her first dive, and comes away 11th after the first round with a score of 45.60.

9:13pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have now dropped back to 12-9 down against Wales, after doing so well to level the scores not long ago.

9:09pm - DIVING

Kiwi Maggie Squire is about to begin in the 1m springboard preliminary, but is already guaranteed a spot in the finals.

9:02pm - BOWLS

In the women's pairs, Inch and Goddard have pulled the score back to 9-9 after 12 ends.

9:00pm - BOWLS

The women's triple have now dropped to 15-5 down, and their chances of progressing are starting to slip away.

8:54pm - BOWLS

The women's triple have pulled the scores back to 11-5, after being 11-3 down not long ago.

8:29pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have clawed back to 8-5 down, while the women's triple are 7-3 down after the first seven ends.

8:13pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have got one back to move the score to 8-3, while the women's triple trail 5-2 after five ends.

8:03pm - BOWLS

Wales have surged to a 7-2 lead after four ends. Inch and Goddard need to get a few back here.

7:56pm - BOWLS

Bad news for the Kiwis.

Wales have roared back against Inch and Goddard, and now hold a 4-2 lead.

Malaysia meanwhile have roared back for a 3-1 lead in the women's triples.

7:46pm - BOWLS

Inch and Goddard have taken an early 2-0 lead over Wales in their quarter-final.

The women's triple also hold a 1-0 lead against Malaysia after the first end.

7:15pm - BOWLS

Good evening, and welcome back! As has been the case so far this Games, it'll be the Kiwi bowls team that get the night's action underway.

In the women's triples, Val Smith, Tayla Bruce and Nicole Toomey face Malaysia in their semi-final, while Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard square off against Wales in the quarter-finals of the women's pair.

We're not too far away from the start of play, so stay with us!


Here's how the evening session looks for the NZ athletes...

Beach Volleyball
Sam O'Dea/Brad Fuller v Rwanda - men's quarter-finals

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce & Nicole Toomey v Malaysia - women's triples semi-finals

Katelyn Inch & Selina Goddard v Wales - women's pairs quarter-finals

Ali Forsyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham v Wales - men's fours quarter-finals

Maggie Squire - women's 1m springboard preliminaries

Lwamba & Temwa Chilese v Malaysia - men's doubles rounds of 16

Tayla Ford v Sarah Clossick (England) - women's U68kg quarter-final

Brahm Richards v Ross Connolly (Scotland) - men's U65kg 1/8 final

9:38am - That's the end of another morning watching the night session at Birmingha. No actual medals in that session, but a virtual one at the boxing and plenty of other semi-finals booked. 

Join us tonight for beach volleyball playoffs, bowls semis, squash doubles and the start of wrestling. 

9:22am - England have stretched their lead to double figures and eventually prevail 54-44 to seal the top spot in the group and an unenviable showdown against hurting Australia in the semis.

In the end, a playoff against Jamaica probably isn't a bad consolation prize for the Silver Ferns.

9:17am - Silver Ferns closed the margin to 39-36, but conceded the next three goals to let the momentum slip back England's way in the final quarter. 

9:07am - Silver Ferns trail England 39-33 after three quarters, despite drawing even at the start of the period. Looks like they will book a semi-final against Jamaica... which isn't such a bad thing.

Dame Noeline switches things up with Sulu Fitzpatrick moving to goal keep, Pheonix Karaka into goal defence, Selby-Rickit into goal shoot and Maia Wilson into goal attack.

9:01am - Dame Noeline stems the flow with some quick substitutions, with Heffernan coming into centre and Saunders into wing attack.

8:55am - England scored five straight goals to snatch momentum back from the Silver Ferns and lead 30-25.

8:52am - Silver Ferns briefly draw level with England at the start of the third quarter, but an offside penalty gives the Roses a chance to stretch back out to three goals, 28-25.

Bell can managed only 58.84m with his last throw and will finish eighth, but remember, he was the youngest man in the field at 21.

8:45am - Great news from the boxing, where super-heavyweight Leuila Mau'u has knocked out his St Lucia opponent in the first round to progress to the semis and ensure a medal of some description. Beaten semi-finalists are both awarded bronze medals.

Bell fouls his fifth throw at the discus and has just one more throw to imporve from eighth.

8:36am - Silver Ferns just 24-25 behind England at halftime, with Grace Nweke shooting 16/21, and she and Selby-Rickit combining for just one miss in that second quarter, won 16-10 by New Zealand.

8:30am - Silver Ferns have closed to within two goals at 21-20 in the second quarter against England. Selby-Rickit's introduction has brought some solidarity in the shooting circle.

Bell fouls his fourth throw at the discus... super-heavyweight Mau'u is next in the boxing ring.

8:25am - The Silver Ferns changes have had an immediately effect, as they close the margin to 17-13 in the second quarter against England.

Bell has qualified into the final eight of the discus with his 60.23m good for seventh.

8:15am - Bell improves to 60.23m on his third throw and now sits sixth. He needed that, after slipping out of the top eight.

Silver Ferns trail England 15-8 after the opening quarter. Dam Noeline Taurua has tweaked her starting line-up, with Te Paea Selby-Rickit into GA for Maia Wilson and Kate Heffernan replacing Kayla Johnson at WD. 

8:07am - Bell manages 58.88m with his second attempt and currently sits seventh in the discus, with the top eight getting another three throws. Aussie Matt Denny leads with 66.61m.

At the netball, England lead Silver Ferns 7-4 early...

Wendell Stanley has lost his boxing quarter-final to Tiago Muxanga by split decision, with two of the five judges awarding a tie. Leuila Mau'u is out last boxing hope and will face Leran Regis of St Lucia later this morning.

7:58am - Silver Ferns about to take the court against England, now needing to LOSE to avoid Australia in the semis, after the Diamonds were upset by Jamaica last night. That result has really thrown a cat among the pigeons.

7:47am - Wendall Stanley is about to fight his light-middleweight boxing quarter-final against Tiago Muxanga of Mozambique, with victory assuring him a medal of some description.

Bell steps into the circle and throws just under 60 metres with is opener... 59.44m is the measurement.

7:36am - Connor Bell is about to start his discus final at Alexander Stadium. He'll be the second thrower of 12.

While the news is good for the NZ women's triple, the men's four have dipped out of the quarter-finals with an 18-10 loss to Scotland.

And in the hockey, South Africa have snatched a lat 4-3 victory to end the semi-final hopes of the Black Sticks men.

7:23am - Black Sticks men are resurrecting their hockey semi-final hopes, with Hugo Inglis scoring to level the score at 3-3 against South Africa in the fourth quarter. A draw would leave these two teams locked at five points on the table and both have minus-two goal difference...

7:19am - The women's triple have completed their 15-10 win over Australia and progress to the semi-finals, where they face Malaysia tonight for a spot in the final. Remember, Smith, Bruce and Toomey already have a bronze medal from the fours.

Meanwhile, England have knocked off the 72 runs needed to beat White Ferns in T20 cricket, losing just three wickets and needing only 12 overs for victory. That locks New Zealand into a showdown with Australa in the semis, with England facing India.

7:08am - White Ferns have chipped out another England wicket, with Kerr bowling Sophia Dunkley for 19, with the score now 46/3 in the ninth over. England only need 26 runs to win and Amy Jones comes to the wicket to hit a pair of boundaries that reduce that requirement.

White Sticks men have another goal and now trail South Africa 3-2 in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, our women's triple of Val Smith, Tayla Bruce and Nicole Toomey are closing in on a bowls semi-final, leading Australia 13-10 late in their quarter-final. 

6:56am - Capsley is gone this time, caught (ironically) by Devine off Melie Kerr's bowling for 23 off 19 balls. England are 43/2 in the seventh over and look untroubled to reach the 72-run target.

6:49am - At the athletics, Portia Bing has finished third in her 400m hurdles heat to qualify for the final in 56.32s. With only 11 entries and eight to qualify, Bing comfortably beat three runners in her heat to ease through.

Discus thrower Connor Bell is the only other Kiwi in action at the track, when he contests his final later in the morning. 

England cruising at 41/1 in the sixth over against the White Ferns... they just lost another wicket, with Capsley attempting a ramp shot off Devine, caught behind the keeper by Rowe, but replays show Devine no-balled, so no wicket.

6:34am - White Ferns strike in the first over, with wicketkeeper Gaze taking a running catch, off the bowling of Jonas, to dismiss Danni Wyat for one. England are 2/1 suddenly.

6:28am - White Ferns have survived their 20 overs against England, finishing 71/9 with the bat. Maddy Green was the leading batter in double figures with 19, while Hannah Rowe contributed an unbeaten 10.

England should have no trouble knocking that total off.

Meanwhile, Black Sticks men are 3-1 down to South Africa in the second quarter at the hockey.

6:14am - Liam Stone has finished sixth in the 1m springboard diving final, won by England's Jack Laugher. The Kiwi improved on his qualifying place and score, so good performance from him.

6:12am - South Africa go 2-0 up in the hockey and the Black Sticks men are unravelling early, as their medal hopes teeter.

6:04am - Black Sticks men have started their match against South Africa. They need to win and hope Australia beat Pakistan, if they are to progress to semi-finals.

South Africa quickly have a goal to go 1-0 up...

6:02am - Gaze is run out for four and White Ferns are 57/8 in the 15th over - can they bat out their innings?

Mair is bowled out by Glenn, first ball. The answer looks like no... NZ 57/9.

5:54am - Tahuhu is caught behind, off the bowling of Sarah Glenn, and the White Ferns are now 53/7 in the 13th over against England. Maybe the Ferns just want to rest up for their semi against Australia...

5:47am - Maddy Green is bowled by Ecclestone for 19 - the only White Fern scoring double figures so far - and NZ are 46/6 in the 12 over, with rookie wicketkeeper Izzy Gaze joining Tahuhu at the crease.

5:42am - White Ferns are now 35/5, after Hayley Jensen was caught off Issy Wong for seven. Maddy Green is unbeaten on 10 and Lea Tahuhu has come to the wicket...

5:35am - White Ferns have lost another wicket - Brooke Halliday in a horrible runout for one - and NZ are now 28/4 in the ninth over.

News is better at the squash, where Coll and King needed only 15 minutes to dispose of their Pakistan opponents in the mixed doubles round of 16.

5:19am - Just a quick recap of what happened overnight, while we were catching our beauty sleep...

  • Cyclist Georgia Williams added to the NZ medal tally, with bronze in the women's road time trial, finishing 1m 20s slower than Aussie winner Grace Brown.
  • Three-gold track hero Aaron Gate could not add to his tally on the road, finishing fourth in the men's time trial, with Tom Sexton ninth.
  • Four of our five athletes qualified for their athletics finals, with defending champion Julia Ratcliffe and Nicole Bradley into the hammer final, Keeley O'Hagan into the high jump and Sam Tanner safely through in the 1500m.
  • White Sticks women beat South Africa 4-1, which will see them safely through to the semi-finals to face England... as they did four years ago, when they prevailed in a thrilling penalty shootout.
  • Mixed fortunes for our bowlers, with Shannon McIlroy knocked out of contention in the men's singles, but the unbeaten women's pair and triple through to quarter-finals. The men's four currently top their pool, but probably need to beat Scotland this morning to progress.
  • Diver Liam Stone progressed to his 1m springboard final, currently in action, while Mikali Dawson could not progress in the women's 10m platform.
  • Rhymic gymnasts Havana Hopman and Paris Chin currently lie fifth and sixth in the all-round final, with the last rotation in progress.

5:17am - Suzie Bates is out, caught Nat Sciver, bowled Issy Wong for six, and NZ are 12/3 in the fourth over against England. Maddy Green and Brooke Halliday are at the wicker.

5:12am - The White Ferns have lost their second wicket - Melie Kerr, also bowled Katerine Brunt for three, with NZ at 10/2 in the third over. 

5:01am - Good morning to more Commonwealth Games coverage, where the White Ferns have just begun their pool match against England and have already lost opening batter Sophie Devine, bowled by Brunt in the first over.

These two teams have already qualified for the semis, but are essentially playing to avoid a match-up with world champions Australia, who are unbeaten in the other pool.

Also starting right now is the mixed doubles opener for squash stars Paul Coll and Joelle King, who enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the singles, with Coll taking gold and defending champion King unable to finish among the medals.

Kiwi boxers are about to contest quarter-finals and victory there would ensure them of at least bronze, since semi-final losers are awarded third equal without fighting off for the podium.

And diver Liam Stone is currently contesting the men's 1m springboard final... so plenty happening.

Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 5 - Netballers, cricketers, hockey men play for semi-final draws


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Well, after yesterday morning's rush of medals - including gold to high jumper Hamish Kerr and squash ace Paul Coll - this morning promises to somewhat more leisurely, with athletes progressing their medal prospects, rather than mounting the podiums.

Discus thrower Connor Bell will contest his final at Alexander Stadium, while divers Liam Stone and Mikali Dawson have a chance to qualify and claim medals this morning, but others - like the Silver Ferns netballers and White Ferns cricketers - will try to position themselves for better playoff draws.

Both the netballers and cricketers will face respective England rivals, hoping to avoid - in both cases - facing Australia in their semi-finals.

After their opening draw with Scotland, the Black Sticks men must beat South Africa and hope Australia overcome Pakistan to book a spot in their semis.

Meanwhile, squash ace Joelle King must regroup from her singles disappointment to find her doubles game, where she teams with men's gold medallist Paul Coll in mixed and Amanda Landers-Murphy to defend their women's crown.

And with victories in their quarter-finals, our boxers can lock up at least bronze medals in their respective divisions.

Still plenty to play for. Here's how the morning session shapes up...

Portia Bing - women's 400m hurdles round 1, heat 1

Connor Bell - men's discus final

Ali Fosyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham v Malta - men's fours round 4

Ali Fosyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham v Scotland - men's fours round 5

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce & Nicole Toomey - women's triples quarter-finals

Troy Garton v Jaismine Jaismine (India) - women’s lightweight (U60kg) quarter-finals

Wendell Stanley v Tiago Muxanga (Mozambique) - men’s light-middleweight (U71kg) quarter-finals

Leuila Mau'u v Leran Regis (St Lucia) - men’s super-heavyweight (92+kg) quarter-finals

NZ v England - women's group match

Liam Stone - men's 1m springboard preliminaries

Mikali Dawson - women's 10m platform preliminaries

Liam Stone - men's 1m springboard final

Mikali Dawson - women's 10m platform final

NZ v South Africa - men's group match

NZ v England

Joelle King/Amanda Landers-Murphy v Guyana - women's doubles round of 16

Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts v Scotland - women's doubles round round of 16

Paul Coll & Joelle King v Pakistan - mixed doubles round of 16

Lwamba & Temwa Chilese - men's doubles rounds of 32 & 16

Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy - women's doubles round of 16