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Commonwealth Games: Sarah Glenn claims that England would be "gutted" if they didn't win a gold medal
Commonwealth Games: Sarah Glenn claims that England would be "gutted" if they didn't win a gold medal
Commonwealth Games: Sarah Glenn claims that England would be "gutted" if they didn't win a gold medal
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Commonwealth Games: Sarah Glenn claims that England would be “gutted” if they didn’t win a gold medal

Commonwealth Games: Leg-spinner Sarah Glenn, whose team, England, got to the semifinals of the inaugural women’s cricket tournament at the Commonwealth Games, says they would be “gutted” if they didn’t take home a gold medal.

At Edgbaston on Saturday at 11 a.m., England takes on India in the first of the last four matches before favourites Australia faces New Zealand at 6 p.m. The victors will then face off in the final on Sunday at 5 p.m., following the bronze-medal game (10 am).

With ease, the hosts defeated South Africa, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand in their three group games. Teenager Alice Capsey has scored 117 runs so far, and left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone has taken five wickets.

“We would be disappointed [if we didn’t win gold] but I think at the end of the day, even though we maybe had a little weep if we lost, we’d actually be pretty pleased of where we’ve come to as a team,” said Glenn, who took 2-13 in Thursday’s seven-wicket thrashing of New Zealand.

“In cricket, there’s still some recognition if you came second or whatever but we really, really want the gold because it would mean so much more.

“I think we just want to play our cricket in such a positive light, if we’ve done all we can then there’s nothing else we can do. But fingers crossed it’s good enough for a gold medal.”
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With a victory against New Zealand, England advanced to the semi-finals, joining victories over Sri Lanka by five wickets and South Africa by 26 runs. Sarah Glenn anticipates a close matchup with India, though.

India lost to Australia in their opening match as the Southern Stars successfully chased 154 after being reduced to 49-5. Since then, though, India has thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets and Barbados by 100 runs.

“I’ve got a feeling it will go down to the wire a little bit which is what all semi-finals are about,” added Glenn.

The White Ferns fell to 12-3 in just four overs thanks to two strikes from Katherine Brunt and one from Issy Wong before stumbling to 71-9 after 20 overs because to England’s merciless spinners.

The White Ferns fell to 12-3 in just four overs thanks to two strikes from Katherine Brunt and one from Issy Wong, and they eventually limped to 71-9 from their 20 overs as a result of England’s relentless bowling against New Zealand.

Nat Sciver, captaining England in this tournament in the absence of the injured Heather Knight, added: “If we start like that against any team I think we’ll be in a pretty good position.

“We’re not thinking about wins in a row, more about attitude and the way we’re playing, we’ve fallen into the rhythm of it.

“Taking on the ball when we’re batting and looking for wickets as much as we can when we’re bowling – that attitude has really helped us play with a bit more freedom and it seems to have worked.”

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