Another jam packed week of summer sport saw the European championships group stage conclude and the start of the knockouts.

Here we take a look pack at the highlights of the week in sport.


Both England men and women were in short form cricket action, as the men sealed a T20 series whitewash over Sri Lanka.

Whereas the women, continued their multi-format series with India in an ODI today.

The men’s side playing two fixtures of their three fixtures in Cardiff and one at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, with all matches being played this week.

The final fixture was played at Southampton and saw Eoin Morgan’s men secure a clean sweep, as they romped to a 3-0 series win. World number one batsman Dawid Malan, helping England to an 89 run victory.

World number one T20 batsman Dawid Malan
Image: Harrias

Malan and fellow opener Bradford-born Jonny Bairstow put on a stand of 105 for the first wicket, before Bairstow was bowled by Isuru Udana for 51 off 43.

After a solid foundation set by the Yorkshire teammates, England were looking to take advantage of this. However, they failed to capitalise as Livingstone, Billings and Morgan fell in quick succession for 14, 2 and 1 respectively.

Malan and Mooen Ali were dismissed with less than 2 overs to go, with the former finishing on an scintillating 76 off 48.

Chris Jordan and Sam Curran saw England home though as they ended the innings on 180-6.

Sri Lanka carried on with their poor batting form throughout the series as their chase of 181, fell well short.

David Willey impressed on his return to the side
Image: Dave Morton

Number three batsman Oshada Fernando and bowler Binura Fernando, in at number nine, top scored with 19 and 20 as their side whimpered to 91 all out.

David Willey finished as the pick of the bowlers with 3-27, but equally impressive was Chris Woakes.

Woakes marked his return from 6 years out of the T20 side with figures of 1-9 off 4 overs.

England Woman, who were originally level with India in the series after a draw in the test match, took the lead as they won by 8 wickets in the first ODI.

England performed exceptionally with the ball and in the field to limit India to only 201-8 from the 50 overs.

Captain Mithali Raj was the only one to settle in and get runs for india as she finished on 72 off 108, dismissed by spinner Sophie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone took 8 wickets in the test match and carried on this superb form, finishing with figures of 3-40.

Yorkshirewoman Katherine Brunt also bowled well, including getting the key wicket of Shafali Verma, who performed brilliantly in the test.

Brunt finished on 2-35 with the other wickets being taken by Anya Shrubsole (2) and Kate Cross (1).

Heather Knight’s side carried their momentum into the run chase, as they made short work of the 202 target.

India did manage to take the wickets of Lauren Winfield-Hill and captain Knight on the way, who were dismissed on 16 and 18.

But, that would be the end of the wickets for England, as Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver saw their side home within just 34.5 overs.

Opener Tammy Beaumont registered another impressive knock. Image: Bahnfrend

Opener Beaumont scoring 87 from 87, whereas Sciver finished on 74 from 74 to wrap the game up.


The conclusion of the Euros group stages saw the first eliminations from the tournament, as the competition moved on to the knockout stages.

Group A had already seen their group finish last Sunday, with Italy, Wales and Switzerland going through. Turkey exit the competition with 0 points, having only scored 1 goal.

Italy have already played their first knockout game as they gritted out, a 2-1 win against Austria, after being taken to extra time.

Wales however, find themselves on the plane home after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Denmark.

In Group B, Belgium beat Finland, who were subsequently knocked out, 2-0. The aforementioned Denmark putting in an inspired performance to overcome Russia 4-1, who were also knocked out.

Belgium will now play Portugal this evening.

Group C saw Netherlands, who had already qualified, comprehensively beat North Macedonia, 3-0, sending them home.

Austria also progressed through the knockouts after beating Ukraine 1-0.

Ukraine however, went through the next round as one of the four best third place finishes.

Netherlands face Czech Republic and are currently 0-0 at time of writing (HT).

Ukraine will face Sweden on Tuesday, however Austria have already been knocked out by Italy.

The competition has now reached the knockout stages

Group D saw England, Croatia and the aforementioned Czech Republic make it through. The Czech qualifying despite losing 1-0 to England in a dour game.

Croatia knocking Scotland out with a comprehensive 3-1 victory.

England will face old enemies Germany on Tuesday, whereas Croatia are up against on Monday.

In Group E, Sweden came out as unlikely group winners after beating Poland 3-2.

Spain finished second as they finally found some form to register a convincing 5-0 pasting of Slovakia, who were knocked out along with Poland.

Group F saw Hungary knocked out despite a shock 2-2 with Germany. France and Portugal also drew 2-2.

France will now play Switzerland as group winners on Monday, whereas Germany will face England.

Portugal are up against Belgium.


Elsewhere, the Tour de France started this week with Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe winning the first stage. Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel has today claimed the yellow jersey as he won the second stage.

Wimbledon starts tomorrow with Andy Murray back in action and Anthony Joshua will defend his heavyweight belts, as has announced on Friday a fight against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.