BRUM BITES: England cricket captain Heather Knight ruled out of gold medal bid

BRUM BITES: England cricket captain Heather Knight is ruled out of gold medal bid due to injury… while world champion Evie Richards put her horror year behind her to emerge victorious

Day six at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham has come to a close and there’s plenty to unpack. 

Emily Campbell won weightlifting gold for England, world champion Evie Richards put her horror year behind her and Heather Knight has been ruled out of her team’s medal bid due to injury. 

Sportsmail’s DAVID COVERDALE looks at some of the biggest talking points surrounding the event.

Sportsmail’s David Coverdale looks at some of the biggest talking points surrounding day six of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 

Evie Richards puts woes behind her to claim gold  

World champion Evie Richards put her horror year behind her to win the women’s mountain bike race at Cannock Chase. 

The West Midlands rider has been plagued by back problems and also caught Covid last month. 

But Richards finished 47 seconds clear despite skidding off her bike on the penultimate lap. 

‘I’ve had a terrible year,’ she said. ‘This is the first race with no pain, no tears. It sounds silly but just to finish a race is special.’

Evie Richards put her horror year behind her to win the women's mountain bike race

Evie Richards put her horror year behind her to win the women’s mountain bike race

Heather Knight ruled out of golden bid due to injury 

England cricket captain Heather Knight has been ruled out of her team’s gold medal bid. 

The batter missed the first two group games after injuring her hip in the recent series with South Africa. 

Knight had been hoping to return but she will now miss the rest of the Games and The Hundred. 

She will stay with her side, who play New Zealand on Thursday and are already into Saturday’s semi-finals. 

England cricket captain Heather Knight has been ruled out of her team's gold medal bid

England cricket captain Heather Knight has been ruled out of her team’s gold medal bid

Jamal Petgrave wins gold in front of familiar face 

Jamal Petgrave graduated with a gold – in front of his old lecturer. 

The England judoka won the men’s 90kg final in Coventry and said: ‘I went to Coventry Uni and one of my lecturers was in the crowd. I was raring to go.’ 

England’s Emma Reid beat her Welsh ‘idol’ Natalie Powell to gold in the women’s 78kg. 

Rhys Thompson and Harry Lovell-Hewitt also won bronzes for England. 

Jamal Petgrave graduated with a gold - in front of his old lecturer at the Birmingham Games

Jamal Petgrave graduated with a gold – in front of his old lecturer at the Birmingham Games

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