Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 7 - Black Sticks Women, White Ferns eye bronze, cyclists out to finish strong

11:55am - Another bronze to the NZ total courtesy of the White Ferns, who were clearly the highlight tonight.

Join us tomorrow morning for more, including the Silver Ferns' quest for bronze and King and Coll's bid for squash doubles gold.

11:50pm - DIVING

Maggie Squire finished 13th in the Women’s 3m Springboard Preliminary Round with a score of 190.00pts

11:45pm - JAVELIN

Kiwi Tori Peeters finished fifth in the final with a best throw of 57.86m.

Hot favourite Kelsey-Lee Barber of Australia takes gold.

11:41pm - SQUASH

Light work for King and Landers-Murphy in the women's doubles, cruising to an 11-9 11-7 win over Malaysia to book their place in the final.

They'll be playing for gold at 10pm, Monday night.

11:24pm - CRICKET

Fifty for Devine. One run left for the bronze.

There it is! New Zealand have clinched a bronze medal in the T20 cricket with an eight-wicket win. Utter dominance.

11:20pm - CRICKET

Kerr goes over the top for four more. Nine runs to win now, merely a formality.

11:10pm - CRICKET

Methodical cricket here from Devine and Kerr. 86/2 and just 25 runs needed for NZ off 68 balls.

11pm - CRICKET

Georgia Plimmer departs for four runs. NZ 63/2 after six over. Out strolls Amelia Kerr.

48 runs off 84 balls required.

10:54pm - CRICKET

Bates well taken at fine leg. She's gone for 20 off 10 balls. NZ lose their first wicket at 54/1 after 4.3 overs. Target of 111.

10:50pm - CRICKET

Devine goes bang, bang and bang. Demoralising stuff here from the openers, as NZ race to 46/0 after four overs.

10:42pm - CRICKET

Bates continuing her fine form to start this innings. Back-to-back boundaries and NZ are 24/0 off 2.3 overs. 

10:35pm - CRICKET

Devine and Bates out in the middle to begin the Ferns' run chase. 111 for the bronze.

10:23pm - CRICKET

Fantastic effort in the field by NZ, who limit England to 110/9. 

They will fancy themselves to chase this one down with ease to secure bronze.

10:17pm - CRICKET

Jensen strikes twice and England are in all sorts. 100/9 with eight balls left.

10:12pm - CRICKET

Devine breaks the partnership! Bowls Ecclestone with a yorker, England 100/7 after 18.

10:05pm - CRICKET

Sixer! England needed that, spoils a good over by Tahuhu. England 92/6 after 16.

9:56pm - CRICKET

Amy Jones standing and delivering here for England. 83/6 after 15 overs.

9:48pm - CRICKET

Another wicket for NZ. Jonas snares Brunt and the hosts are reeling at 65/6 after 12 overs.

9:43pm - CYCLING

1.6km to go and it's a flood of green and gold upfront.

Kiwi Harvey hanging with them for now but this pace is furious.

Here comes the sprint... no black jerseys in sight.

Australia's Georgia Baker takes gold, Neah Evans of Scotland in silver, Aussie Sarah Roy in third.

Georgia Williams is the best of the Kiwis in 13th.

9:41pm - CRICKET

The White Ferns strike again. Fran Jonas sends Maia Boucher packing LBW and England are 57/5 at the halfway mark of their innings.

9:40pm - HOCKEY

Tears from both the Kiwis and the Indians. Shannon couldn't put away her final attempt and India - deservedly - take the match and the bronze medal.

India take the penalty shootout 2-1.

9:33pm - HOCKEY

NZ convert, India miss to start.

NZ denied, India convert. Tied up.

Another NZ miss. India convert to take the lead.

NZ unable to convert again. If India score next they've won. They can't do it.

Final attempt. Shannon must score.


9:30pm - CRICKET

Devine has Scriver bowled. England 48/3 after eight overs.

9:25pm - HOCKEY

O'Hanlon is out of goal as the Black Sticks throw everything at India in search of an equaliser.

Penalty corner NZ with less than a minute to play! One last chance.

NZ appealing for a penalty stroke here. Video umpire reviews...

New Zealand awarded the penlaty stroke, Olivia Merry nails it from the spot with less than 20 seconds to play. 1-1! NZ are headed to another shootout.

9:23pm - CYCLING

Into the final lap, they go. 16km left. Lot of aggression with the attacks now, but Australia still well poised with four riders up front.

9:20pm - HOCKEY

O'Hanlon to the rescue again for the Black Sticks with another stunner of a save off the penalty corner.

Five minutes left, NZ down 1-0.

9:15pm - CRICKET

Another wicket for the White Ferns, Rowe has Capsey caught behind. 

England 24/2 after four overs.

9:12pm - HOCKEY

India piling on the pressure, force the penalty corner.

O'Hanlon makes another superb save to keep the NZ deficit at 1-0.

9:08pm - CRICKET

Positive start for the White Ferns, as Hayley Jensen has Danni Wyatt caught by Suzie Bates. 

England 10/1 after 2 overs.

9:04pm - HOCKEY

Black Sticks score via an Olivia Merry deflection, only for India to request a successful referral for dangerous play. 

Umpire rules the ball didn't go five metres outside the circle and India earn a free hit.

Third quarter ends. One quarter remains for NZ to pull it back (India 1-0)

8:53pm - HOCKEY

Black Sticks with their best chance of the game, Jaques firing wide of the goal after some crafty build-up play. NZ yet to put a shot on target. (India 1-0)

8:48pm - CYCLING

Five riders break clear at the front, including Kiwi Niamh Fisher-Black. Encouraging signs with under 39km to go.

8:46pm - HOCKEY

India on the counter to open the third quarter. Attack eventually shut down. (India 1-0)

8:38pm - CRICKET

England have won the toss at Edgbaston and will send NZ out to bowl first in their bronze-medal showdown. Play gets underway at 9pm.

8:37pm - CYCLING

50km to go in the women's road race. Australia still in control.

8:35pm - HOCKEY

So India convert their pressure into a goal late in the second quareter, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime over NZ in the race for bronze.

8:32pm - HOCKEY

Goal India! First and second efforts repelled before a superb finish off the rebound. They check upstairs for a backstick, no dice. NZ are now down 1-0.

8:30pm - HOCKEY

Slick counterattack by NZ, Mary's back-hand cross just evades the outstretched stick of the NZ attacker. Best chance of the game thus far for NZ. (0-0)

8:25pm - HOCKEY

India controlling possession well but still not a shot on target to show for it. Remains 0-0.

8:13pm - HOCKEY 

India threatening again, perfect cross delivered but nobody on hand to tap home into an empty NZ goal. Still 0-0 with the first quarter drawing to a close.

First quarter ends. Still no score but India are certainly on top.

8:10pm - HOCKEY

Early momentum with India but NZ with a chance from a penalty corner now. Looking for the deflection, poor delivery lets them down.

8:04pm - HOCKEY

The Black Sticks Women are underway in their bronze-medal playoff against India. 


Fisher-Black goes again, powering clear briefly before being run down.

71.8km to go.

7:40pm - CYCLING

Here comes NZ's Ella Harris now. She's instantly set upon by two Australians, unable to break clear. 85.5 km to go.

7:30pm - CYCLING

Mikayla Harvey is the latest Kiwi to go on the offensive but is swiftly shut down by the Aussies. 91km of 112km remaining.

7:21pm - CYCLING

The highly favourited Australians up front looking to control the pace.

Kiwi Niamh Fisher-Black goes on the attack and she immediately has an Aussie on her back wheel, well neutralised for now.

7:08pm - CYCLING

Muted start to this women's road race, with the peloton all riding as one. The race is run over a total of 112km.

7pm - Evening, Comm Games tragics. We have another tasty evening of Kiwi action lined up from Birmingham.

The Black Sticks Women take on India for hockey bronze, the White Ferns battle the hosts for cricket bronze, while the Kiwi women try to add to the cycling team's haul in the road race.

Later, Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy take Malaysia in the women's squash with a spot in the final at stake.

All that and plenty more. Stick with us.

Here's how the evening session shapes up for the NZ athletes...

Quentin Rew - 10,000m track walk 

Tori Peeters - women's javelin final

NZ v England - bronze-medal match

Georgia Williams, Mikayla Harvey, Henrietta Christie, Niamh Fisher-Black & Ella Harris - women's road race

Shane Archhold, Patrick Bevin, Aaron Gate, Jack Bauer, Dion Smith & Campbell Stewart - men's road race

Nathan Brown - 10m platform preliminaries

Luke Spikes - 10m platform preliminaries

NZ v India - women's bronze-medal match

NZ v England - bronze-medal match

Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy v Malaysia - women's doubles semi-finals

8:44am - That wraps up our morning coverage and this is what we've seen...

  • Julia Ratcliffe added to New Zealand's medal haul with silver in the hammer, unable to defend the crown she won at Gold Coast four years ago
  • Boxer Leuila Mau'u bowed out at the semi-finals of the super-heavyweight division and snared a bronze for his trouble
  • Paul Coll and Joelle King moved into the gold-medal match of squash mixed doubles with victory over India
  • White Ferns bowed out of gold-medal contention, losing by five wickets to Australian in the T20 cricket semis. They now face England for bronze tomorrow
  • Beach volleyballers Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley also lost a semi-final to Canada and will now face either Australia or Vanuatu for bronze tomorrow

Join us tonight, as the Black Sticks women and White Ferns play of for bronze, squash stars King and Amanda Landers-Murphy face women's doubles semis, and our cyclists take on the road race.

8:40am - Mau'u trying to advance, but has no combinations. Orie stuns him and time is running out.

Mau'u throws a massive right that misses and that's really his only hope...

Orie looks like a fighter destined for pro success and cruises into the final as a unanimous winner, with Mau'u taking bronze as a losing semi-finalist.

8:37am - Mau'u lands a swinging right that stuns his opponent, but there's no follow-up. Orie will take that round as well...

8:35am - Orie just scoring at will with that jab and Mau'u unable to land anything.

8:33am - Orie has probably taken the opening round without landing anything big, but just accumulating points through his jab. Mau'u won't win like this - he must be courageous and get inside.

All five judges award the round to Orie...

8:29am - Orie has Russian and Nigerian parents, so a true Brit. He's taller than Manu'u, but lanky.

Orie immediately shows a nice jab and Mau'u has to duck under. This match-up just accentuates the comparisons between Mau'u and David Tua, who struggled to get inside Lennox Lewis in his heavyweight world title shot.

8:26am - Indian Sagar Safar has booked a gold-medal fight in the super-heavyweight boxing and now awaits the contest between Kiwi Leuila Mau'u and Brit Delicious Orie. Remember, Mau'u finished his St Lucia opponent with a first-round knockout in the quarter-finals, but if he's made to go the distance, the Brit may have an edge.  

8:15am - Canada finally convert a match point and move into the gold-medal match, with NZ playing for bronze... which seems to be the way with our teams these Games.

Can Mau'u break that run in his super-heavyweight boxing semi?

8:14am - Polley's spike goes wide and Canada have another matchpoint, but Polley just guides the ball into space for the point.

8:12am - Canada have another matchball, but Polley spikes and the block can't clear the net, so 15-15.

Dipping serve from the Kiwis and Zeiman spikes across the court for matchball... but then she serves long and scores tied again.

8:10am - All eyes now on the volleyball, with Leuila Mau'u coming up in boxing semi-finals soon.

Canada have matchball in the third set, after NZ could not convert on serve. Polley ties it up with a deep spike into the back corner - they have serve.

7:55am - Devine bowls to Harris and there's a sound, everyone goes up, but that's pad. A single ties the score and Gardner plays past the bowler for the winning run, victory by five wickets with three balls remaining.

The White Ferns kept it close, but will now face England for the bronze medal.

Zeimann and Polley have dropped the second set against Canada 21-14 at the volleyball...

7:54am - Aussies only need two runs for victory in the last over, Devine to bowl.

7:51am - Eleven runs off that over and Australia only need nine runs off 12 balls to advance to the cricket final. NZ need a miracle and the ball is in Jensen's hands.

7:47am - Haynes hits a boundary, but skies the next ball off Devine and Bates is under it for the catch. Australia are 129/5 and the match takes another twist.

7:45am - Kerr beats Haynes, who had advanced down the pitch, but the bounce beats Gaze and the stumping is missed. Australia 125/4 with three overs left and 20 runs needed.

7:42am - The pendulum swings back Australia's way at the cricket, with Tahuhu finishing her spell with figures of 3/20. The Aussies are 120/4 with four overs remaining and 25 runs required.

Zeimann and Polley have fallen 8-3 behind in the second set at the volleyball against Canada...

7:35am - Zeimann and Polley have won the opening set of their volleyball semi against Canada 31-29, and look good for the gold-medal match.

That catch from Rowe has just swung the T20 semi back New Zealand's way, with Australia now falling behind a run a ball in the 15th over... but Haynes hits over Jensen's head for four to release the chains.

7:29am - Australia bring up their 100 and have the required run rate down to a run a ball with seven overs remaining against the White Ferns.

But Rowe makes up for her earlier drop, holding a catch from Mooney off Tahuhu's bowling. Mooney goes for 36 and Aussies are 103/4.

Beamish has run a smart race to finish sixth in the 5000m, clocking 13m 21.71s, with Ugandan Kiplimo winning in 13m 08.08s.

First set at the vollyeball is now at 28-28...

7:22am - White Ferns are reviewing an appeal for leg before wicket off Kerr, called not out and reviews show an inside edge off Mooney's bat, so decision stands. Mooney edges the next ball past Gaze for four and the match is slipping away from the Kiwis.

Zeimann and Polley are in a dogfight at the volleyball, locked at 21-21 with Canada in the opening set.

7:16am - There's a scramble at the cricket and the White Ferns have run out McGrath, with a slick throw from Kerr and glovework by Gaze, Australia now 84/3 in the 11th over.

7:13am - Australia just taking over their T20 semi against New Zealand, with 75/2 after 10 overs.

Ratcliffe's final throw is no improvement, so she must settle for silver in the hammer.

7:12am - Weir's last throw is a foul, so Ratcliffe has at least silver...

7:06am - Hannah Rowe has dropped McGrath off Kerr and that is a costly miss for the White Ferns, with Australia now 58/2 in the ninth over.

Ratcliffe is ensured a medal, with fourth-placed Nigerian Olatoye unable to improve with her last hammer throw. George Beamish lining up in the men's 5000 metres...

6:58am - Ratcliffe stepping into the circle for her fifth attempt at the hammer, trailling rival Rogers by almost five metres. but it's a foul.

Just one more throw for her...

Devine has brought herself on to bowl at the cricket, with Australia at 41/2 in the seventh over.

6:54am - Beach volleyballers Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley are about to face Canada in their semi-final...

Melie Kerr bowling her first over againt Australia and the Ferns look interested here...

6:50am - Gaze drops Lanning off Tahuhu and NZ immediately pay, as Lanning finds the bounary next ball, Australia 28/1 in the fifth over.

Ratcliffe and Rogers both foul their fourth throws at the hammer.

Boom! Tahuhu bowls the perfect yorker and bowls Lanning, Australia 28/2 in the fifth over.

6:47am - Devine has an aggressive field against Australia and Lanning doesn't like it. Australia are 21/1 in the fourth over.

6:42am - Healy gets an edge off Tahuhu that carries to wicketkeeper Gaze and while the umpires review it, she's already in the pavillion, Australia 19/1 in the third over. Meg Lanning is dropped by Kerr next ball, trying to square cut.

6:39am - Bradley's third effort is 63.10m and no improvement, so she'll miss out on the last eight.

6:37am - Ratcliffe is out near 70 metres again, but won't regain the lead with that. Still, 69.63m is an improvement.

Alyssa Healy is already in stride for Australia at the cricket with three boundaries taking her team to 17/0 in the second over.

6:35am - Canadian Kaila Butler has shuffled Bradley back to eighth, with only the top eight throwers getting three more throws. Rogers has connected with her third under pressure, uncorking 74.08m to take the lead from Ratcliffe.

6:30am - The hurdlers are in their blocks and away cleanly. Bing is holding her stagger well on the outside and lies midfield entering the home straight.

She's fading a little towards the line and crosses in seventh, clocking 56.36s, about a second outside her best.

White Ferns have opened their fielding effort with young spinner Fran Jonas bowling.

At the hammer, Weir has improved to 67.35m with her third throw, but Ratcliffe still leads.

6:25am - Bradley's second throw is 63.10m, elevating her into seventh.

We're a few minutes away from Portia Bing's 400m hurdles final. She's in the outside lane - the very worst draw over the lap, with no-one to key off.

6:23am - Ratcliffe's second is close to 70 metres and will consolidate her lead at 69.59m. She will probably need more though.

New Zealand's innings at the cricket is over, with Maddy Green run out off the final ball and the Ferns reaching 144/7 against the world champions. At least that gives the bowlers something to defend, which is something they couldn't say against England a couple of days ago.

6:20am - Halliday is caught in the outfield, trying to swing to the boundary and NZ are 142/6 with only three balls remaining and Hayley Jensen up next.

Rogers in the circle at the hammer and she has a second foul. The top qualifier is finding the pressure in the final.

6:18am - Halliday tries to loft McGrath to the boundary and is dropped in the outfield. NZ are 139/5 with one over remaining.

Diver Liam Stone has finished eighth in the 3m springboard, with Frazer Tavener 12th.

Weir's second attempt at the hammer is a foul...

6:15am - Tahuhu hasn't been able to find the ball and this one from McGrath goes straight through her to find the wickets, NZ now 136/5 with Maddy Green coming to the crease and eight balls remaining in the innings.

At the hammer, Aussie Hulley throws 65.53m to shuffle Bradley down to eighth.

6:11am - Ratcliffe in the circle for her opening throw and it's good enough for the lead perhaps, right around Weir's mark. Ratcliffe has 67.26m and takes the lead, with Rogers fouling her first attempt.

At the cricket, Halliday shuffles down the pitch and Healy is quick behind the stumps, but Halliday has her foot back in the crease. Phew!

Bradley manages 60.96m with her opener in the hammer and slots into seventh.

6:10am - Halliday hits consecutive boundaries to get her scoring rate moving quickly, NZ 131/4 in the 18th over.

6:06am - Kerr cuts late for four and so much will depend on her over these final overs... but she edges to the fielder and is gone for 40 off 36 balls, NZ now 122/4 in the 17th over. Brooke Halliday joining Tahuhu at the crease.

Canadian Jillian Weir takes the early lead in the hammer with 67.14m, with Ratcliffe and Nicole Bradley throwing near the end of the opening round.

6:03am - Devine tries to repeat her six, but doesn't get the same connection and is caught near the boundary, out for 53 and NZ 112/3, with Lea Tahuhu sent in as designated hitter.

6am - NZ reach their 100 in the 15th over, losing just two wickets, but perhaps not accumulating runs quickly enough to challenge the Aussies. Devine and Kerr must launch soon...

Devine scoops for four, then gets under the next ball for six to bring up her 50 off 46 balls, just what's needed. Incredibly, that's Devine's first T20 half-century against Australia.

5:55am - We're only a few minutes away from the women's hammer final, with defending champion Julia Ratcliffe facing a tough challenge from Canadian top qualifier Camryn Rogers.

5:52am - Consecutive 10-run overs bring the White Ferns to 87/2 after 13 overs, with Devine on 32 and Kerr 27, just building a partnership to launch from over the final overs. Devine hits a full toss for four to bring up; the 50 partnership.

5:46am - Devine sweeps King for four and then drives past the bowler for another boundary, as NZ reach 77/2 in the 12th over.

5:44am - Sophie Devine survives a leg-before-wicket appeal and a player review, with NZ 67/2 in the 11th over.

5:36am - NZ score seven off that over from Brown and are now 56/2 after nine. Kerr sweeps again, but lands short of the fielder and boundary.

5:33am - Kerr clips Brown off her pads for another boundary, the NZ 50 is up in the ninth over.

5:31am - Kerr sweeps spinner King for four and NZ are now 49/2 after eight overs against Australia.

Also in action right now is diver Liam Stone, who lies third, but is early in the 12-man rotation. Frazer Tavener is also in the 3m springboard final, sitting ninth.

5:29am - NZ are 42/2 after seven overs at the cricket, with Devine and Kerr trying to form a partnership.

Hawkins has lost his wrestling bronze-medal match to Canadian Jasmit Phulka 11-1.

5:22am - Plimmer has played well in her debut, but she's bowled by Schutt for 17 off 16 balls and NZ are 39/2 in the sixth over. Melie Kerr strides to the wicket.

5:13am - If you missed the action overnight, here's a brief rundown of what you missed...

  • The women's pair added to the NZ medal tally at the bowls, with Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard beating Malaysia for bronze.
  • Silver Ferns lost their netball semi-final to Jamaica 67-51 and will face England for the bronze medal.
  • Paul Coll and Joelle King will play for gold in the mixed doubles squash, after beating their Indian opponents in the semis.
  • Anona Pak and Oliver Leydon-Davis lost their mixed doubles quarter-final at badminton to fall out of medal contention.
  • Keeley O'Hagan finished sixth in the women's high jump with a new personal best of 1.89m. Sam Tanner also finished sixth in the men's 1500m, clocking 3m 31.34s - also a personal best.
  • Cole Hawkins was the best of our wrestlers, winning through to semi-finals of the 74kg division, but he is currently trailling in his bronze-medal match.
  • Havana Hopman finished fourth in the clubs final at rhythmic gymnastics.

5:11am - Plimmer has scored her first run of international T20 cricket and then hits over the bowler for four, just freeing the shackles a little in the third over. If you missed the earlier news, India beat England by four runs in the other semi, so they will face the winners of this match for gold.

Devine sweeps for four and NZ are 19/1 after three overs.

5:06am - Suzie Bates has been dismissed first ball and Georgia Plimmer has had to survive a leg-before-wicket decision on review, with replays showing the ball tracking past the leg stump. NZ are 6/1 after the first over.

5:01am - Good morning and welcome to Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where the White Ferns are batting first against Australia in their quest for a spot in the inaugural women's T20 final.


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

Plenty of medals to be won across a range of sports, with defending hammer champion Julia Ratcliffe trying to retain the gold she won at Gold Coast.

Our women's cricket and beach volleyball teams contest semi-finals, with victory ensuring a shot at gold tomorrow. Already guaranteed a medal, boxer Leuila Mau'u faces a tasty match-up with Brit Delicious Orie in his super-heavyweight semi-final, while squash stars Paul Coll and Joelle King also contest the mixed doubles semi-finals.

Join us at 5am for the latest action. Here's how the morning shapes up for the Kiwi athletes...

Julia Ratcliffe - women's hammer final

Nicole Bradley - women's hammer final

Portia Bing - women's 400m hurdles final

Geordie Beamish - men's 5000m final

Beach Volleyball
Zeimann/Polley v Canada - women's semi-finals

Leuila Mau'u v Delicious Orie (England) - men’s super-heavyweight semi-finals

NZ v Australia - semi-final

Liam Stone - 3m springboard final

Paul Coll & Joelle King v India - mixed doubles semi-finals

Michelle Montague - women's U76kg medal contests 

Cole Hawkins - men's U74kg medal contests 

Suraj Singh - men's U57kg medal contests