Cricket is one of the quintessential English sports, which was first included in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The sport returned to the programme in the T20 women's format at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
England finished in fourth position after losing to New Zealand in the bronze medal match. Having come through top of their group beating Sri Lanka and South Africa before battering New Zealand, they looked strong going into the knockout round.
Notably Katherine Brunt earned her 100th T20I Cap in England’s first game and then took a wicket with the first ball of the match. Other standout moments of the tournament included 17-year-old Alice Capsey scoring her maiden half century.
The home favourites then fell four runs short against India in the semi-final in front of a sold-out Edgbaston. Captain Heather Knight was unable to take to the pitch due to an injury so it was down to Nat Sciver to head the team throughout the tournament.
In the bronze medal game, she won the toss and England chose to bat. However, New Zealand chased down the target of 111 within 12 overs.