England netball knocked out by rivals Australia

Hhello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of day nine of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

With the action drawing to a close there remains several medals to hand out and today will see what’s likely to be some great entertainment on the tracks, fields and pitches of England’s second city.

The highlights of today include several finals on the track.

In the men’s 1,500 Scotland’s Jake Wightman will be looking to back up his World Championship gold with another at the Alexandra Stadium. He’s the favorite for this race and is undoubtedly keen to improve on his bronze from the Gold Coast four years ago. Also going in that race are his compatriots Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley, and for England Elliot Giles and Matthew Stonier will carry the home hopes.

Wightman’s father and coach Geoff will again be on commentary duties as the English-born but Edinburgh-raised star targets gold for Scotland. That race is one to watch over your lunch with a 1.10 start time.

In the evening Laura Muir and Keely Hodgkinson goes in the women’s 800m final, looking to make it a double gold for Scotland in middle distance (depending on how Wightman does earlier…), Zharnel Hughes runs for England in the men’s 200m final, and Beth Dobbin will carry the hopes of Scotland in the women’s 200m.

On top of all that there’s the T20 semi-finals, the men’s hockey semis and the final of the men’s lawn bowls. Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly faces Malaysia’s Fairul Izwan Abd Muin in the first semi, with Scotland’s Ian McLean facing Australia’s Aaron Wilson in the other.

All this on a day after history was made when Scotland’s George Miller became the oldest gold medalist in the history of the Games when Scotland beat Wales in the B2/B3 mixed pairs bowls.

The 75-year-old Miller is director for visually impaired bowler Melanie Innes, who along with Robert Barr and his lead director Sarah Jane beat Wales 16-9 in the final at Victoria Park, Lymington Spa.

“A year ago I never dreamed of being here. I got a phone call, and nearly fell off my chair to be honest. Here we are – where are we going to go from here?” Miller told the BBC.

“Bowls is easier for older people but any sport … walking football, rugby, you name it. Get out there and exercise, play games, and compete. It’s brilliant whatever age you are.”

Miller took the record as oldest gold medalist from Rosemary Lenton, also from Scotland, who at 72 won gold in the Para women’s pairs bowls last Wednesday.


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