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

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England netball gears up to face Australia in a ravishing netball semi-final, while Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix is ​​watched by famed father Fred as she dives for her second gold at the Games.

Here, the PA news agency looks ahead to Saturday’s big clashes and reflects on Friday’s action as we head into the final race weekend.

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 go head-to-head in their netball semi-final after the hosts beat world champions New Zealand by 10 points to earn their place in the final four.

Australia stumbled through to the knockout stage after a shocking defeat to Jamaica, but England coach Jess Thirlby is all too aware that the Australians – still sore from their last loss on the Gold Coast – will be licking their wounds .

tough test

Harmanpreet Kaur and India stand in the way of England (Steven Paston/PA)

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England’s cricketers made an emphatic statement by beating New Zealand on Friday and chasing a paltry 72 with 50 balls left in a seven-wicket win to finish on top of their group. They have now won six consecutive T20s and confidence is steadily growing, but Harmanpreet Kaur’s India is likely to represent a step forward in the opposition.

A final against Australia or New Zealand awaits the winners, with the losers having the consolation to enter the bronze medal match.

Ace Andrea

Teenager Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix will have the chance to extend her Dream Games debut in the final of the 10-meter women’s sychro platform on Saturday.

The 17-year-old took his first international senior win at Sandwell Aquatics Center on Thursday night, finishing ahead of England team-mate Lois Toulson to lead the standings with a massive 20.20 points.

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

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Marfa Ekimova on his way to all-round gold (Peter Byrne/PA)

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Laura Muir looks at an elusive Commonwealth medal after reaching her second final. The Scot finished fifth in her 1500m heat on Friday morning, reaching Sunday’s final at Alexander Stadium in a time of four minutes 14.11 seconds, having already reached the 800m final on Saturday.

Great Scottish

Scotland’s George Miller became the oldest gold medalist in Commonwealth Games history after winning the mixed pairs para bowls final at age 75.

Miller, who is chief executive of visually impaired teammate Melanie Inness, is succeeding his para-bowls teammate, 72-year-old Rosemary Lenton, who briefly held the record after winning the women’s pairs title on Wednesday.

Magic Marfa

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

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Fresh off helping the England team win their first rhythmic gymnastics medal since 2010 on Thursday, 17-year-old Marfa Ekimova produced a stunning run of performances to take the gold medal in the individual all-around event.

Ekimova, who was born in St Petersburg and moved to the UK at the age of two, produced excellent routines on the four devices – hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – to score 112,300 and take Cyprus’ Anna Sokolova to second place. .

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