England's hockey teams close in on Commonwealth Games glory

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England's women qualified for the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, defeating India 3-1 for their third pool match win with Royalty watching on in Birmingham.

The team made it three wins from three in pool A, with Maidenhead's Giselle Ansley and Hannah Martin on target in the 3-1 win.

Tess Howard also found the back of the net while another Maidenhead-based player, Maddie Hinch, needed to be at her best to make some vital saves.

The women's squad also features Maidenhead-based Ellie Rayer, Shona McCallin and Holly Hunt (Marlow).

England thumped Ghana 12-0 in their opening game and backed it up with a narrow 1-0 win over Canada. With nine points from three games, they lead Pool A from second placed Canada and third placed India, who both trail them by three points.

England's next pool A game is against Wales today (Thursday, 11am). The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their daughter Princess Charlotte were in the crowd at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre to see England's win.

England's men's team - featuring Maidonians Christopher Griffiths, Phil Roper, and Marlow's Sam Ward - fought back from 3-0 down to draw 4-4 with India this week. They've also beaten Ghana 6-0 and Wales 4-2 in their Pool B matches.

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