Have Lionesses put netball under threat?

Is it to be another magical Sunday night for England and its leading female athletes? They certainly appear to be on something of a roll.

The England netball team moved into the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games in front of a raucous crowd at the NEC Arena last night and will fight for a place in Sunday night’s gold-medal match in their semi-final against Australia tomorrow.

Their final group game here, against the world champions New Zealand, was a testy workout and a confidence-boosting 54-44 victory before the knockout stage.

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England will play Australia in the semi-final on Saturday

Yet it was also a strange kind of triumph because the winners’ prize was to book themselves that semi-final date with Australia, who are the tournament favourites.

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