Talk about a one-sided match at Edgbaston.
Sri Lanka batted first in their final pool match this morning against South Africa. They made just 46. They were 5-18 at one stage.
South Africa knocked off the runs in 6.1 overs. What a carve up.
Australia will play the loser of the England and New Zealand match on tonight (Friday 3am AEST) in a blockbuster semi-final on Saturday.
It’s the first time women’s cricket has featured at the Games. Men played in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Australia, under captain Steve Waugh, won a silver medal.
The women’s high jump final will be must-watch stuff.
It gets under way on Saturday at 10.17am local time (7.17pm AEST).
Eleanor Patterson is up against fellow Aussie Nicola Olyslagers. They both cleared 1.81m today in the qualifying round but will have two metres on their minds come Saturday.
Read Michael Gleeson’s preview here
Niue is a tiny island nation in the South Pacific located between Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands with a population of about 1800 people.
After two years of keeping COVID-19 off the island, Niue recorded its first positive case in March.
Last Friday, the Niue government released a statement informing the public there were now 14 active cases of COVID.
“We will move to COVID Alert Code RED. This will take effect immediately,” read the statement from Niue’s acting premier Sauni Tongatule.
If you’re wondering where the proper premier is, we’ve found him.
He’s in Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games with a bucket of hot chips in his hands about to compete in the lawn bowls.
Read the full story here
Alex Winwood has been left shattered with defeat in that fight, in what was a controversial finish.
Chinyemba tagged Winwood with a left at the start of the second round to score a clean knockdown.
Winwood was able to get to his feet, but didn’t get a full count and the bout was waved off.
His eyes looked a little glazed, but that was a poor stoppage in my opinion. If he’s lost the first round badly, it may have been different, but he boxed nicely and was given the round before the flash knockdown.
He left the ring in tears before graciously returning to speak to reporters, saying he was disappointed but wanted to be a good sport and set a good example.
“I feel like I’ve been a little bit robbed of an opportunity to prove myself,” Winwood said after he was cleared by medical staff. “I felt like I was fine, the call was a bit quick. I went down and I just felt like it was a chance to show them what I’m made of, I can come back from adversity.“I boxed well in the first round. Obviously got caught, went down, felt I was fine. It’s a tough sport but she made her mind up and the referees are there to protect us. It is what it is.”
Well, that’s all from me folks, and thanks for following along with me.
I’ll be handing you over to the very capable Tom Decent who is on the ground in Birmingham.
There’s still plenty of action tonight, with the diving getting under way from 10pm, the beach volleyball from 11:30pm and medals still on offer in the men’s time trial which is currently under way.
I’ll be back tomorrow night to do this all again, but until then, have a great night.
Brandon Starc would jump, often miss the height he needed, walk away to his chair and take off his shoe. He’d rub his foot, tape his heel, put his shoe back on and jump again.
He’d miss a height and then clear the next by 30 centimetres. Somehow he managed to will himself over the bar when pain and logic said he would not, and won a silver medal.
Read the full story here.
The Australian Diamonds have suffered a morale-sapping loss against Jamaica in their final pool match as their march towards Commonwealth Games redemption staggered.
In a brutal match, the Diamonds led by six goals heading into the final quarter but too many turnovers late in the match — and imposing Jamaican captain Jhaniele Fowler scoring at will — cost them victory.
Read the full analysis by Chief sports writer Andrew Webster here.
Dual javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber is still testing positive to COVID-19 and has felt unwell, but has insisted she will be on the start line to back up her recent world championship with a Commonwealth gold.
The Commonwealth Games Authority and Australian team have cleared Barber to be able to compete in Sunday’s event despite the positive tests.
“I haven’t quite been symptom free but definitely not as sick as a lot of people you hear about. I definitely feel pretty normal now, but I was not quite right,” Barber said late this week from the team village where she is being kept away from other athletes.
“In the last couple of days I have been feeling better. I am still testing positive.”
“I have not been bedridden, but I have not been quite right. I have been able to train and everyone has done everything they can to help, but I have had to manage it, coming from Eugene and being jet-lagged and getting COVID I just had to be careful. I’ve just been trying to listen to my body.”
“I will be on the start line.”
“They have protocols around it. I am still testing positive but the Commonwealth Games protocols and the team protocols will manage it, so I will definitely be on the start line,” Barber said.
Rohan Browning thought it was ugly. And painful. Sixth is such an unsatisfying result even if you are the first Australian man in 12 years to make the sprint final at a Commonwealth Games.
Australia’s fastest man struggled to put his race together in the final on a cool night in Birmingham running 10.20s, slower than the more composed 10.17 in the semi-final that got him there.
Read the full story here.