England bag two more Commonwealth medals

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England won two bronze medals at the start of Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games as the hockey women beat South Africa and cycling's Julia Shaw finished third in the women's time trial.

The hockey team managed to pick themselves up from the bitter disappointment of their 1-0 semi-final defeat against Australia to beat South Africa in their bronze medal match.



Georgie Twigg fired England into a 13th-minute lead and they survived some strong South Africa pressure late in the match to clinch victory at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium.



Canada's Tara Whitten won cycling's women's time-trial with England's Shaw celebrating bronze.



Shaw, 45 and competing in her first Commonwealth Games, stopped the clock in 39 minutes 09.52 seconds to place third behind Whitten, who finished in 38mins 59.30secs, with Linda Villumsen of New Zealand taking silver.



The pan-flat 29-kilometre Noida Expressway course did not suit world champion Emma Pooley of England, who has been suffering with illness, as she finished ninth in 40:25.22.



At the shooting range, Mick Gault's bid to equal the record of most Commonwealth Games medals ended when he finished seventh in the men's 25m standard pistol singles final.



Gault, who was defending his title won in Melbourne, has won two medals in Delhi and went into his final event today with 17 medals over his Games career, one short of the record of 18 set by Australian Phillip Adams.



Gault, 56, had indicated before the Games that Delhi would be his last.



On the final day of diving, all three British competitors qualified for the final of the women's three-metre springboard.



England's Rebecca Gallantree qualified in sixth with 274.30 points, followed by teenagers Grace Reid (Scotland) and Alicia Blagg (England) in seventh and ninth respectively.



It was 14-year-old Reid's first outing of the Commonwealth Games and Scotland's youngest representative acquitted herself well.



The Edinburgh youngster was fourth in this event at the European Championships in Budapest in August in her first senior major championship appearance.



Today she improved as the preliminaries progressed to accrue 271.70 points, with 13-year-old Blagg scoring 259.05.



In the table tennis England pair Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley lost their men's doubles semi-final against Indian pair Sharath Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha.



Pitchford and Baggaley won the opening game 13-11 but lost the second 11-7. The English pair nosed ahead again by winning the third game 11-7 but the Indians levelled again in the fourth winning it 12-10 to set up a decider which they took 11-6 to reach the final.

England lawn bowler Natalie Melmore reached the semi-finals of the women's singles.

Melmore, 21, secured a play-off victory over Wales' Carol Difford, beating her 13-1 in the second set after drawing the first 6-6.

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