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Commonwealth Games: England set up netball semi with Aussies after knocking off world champions New Zealand

England have set up a netball semi-final with Australia at the Commonwealth Games after sinking reigning world champions New Zealand 54-44 in Birmingham.

The hosts were never behind as they fashioned a one-point half-time advantage before pulling away to lead by six at end of the third quarter.

They then staged another final quarter surge to secure a 10-point margin.

The result, in front of a raucous home crowd at the NEC Arena, means Jess Thirlby’s team will face a rematch of the memorable 2018 final against the Australians, who suffered a shock 57-55 defeat to Jamaica earlier on Thursday in their final group stage game.

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