The Games begin

Flagbearers Tom Walsh and Joelle King lead the New Zealand team. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Flagbearers Tom Walsh and Joelle King lead the New Zealand team. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Briton Max Whitlock, a three-time Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics, hands the Queen’s Baton...
Briton Max Whitlock, a three-time Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics, hands the Queen’s Baton to Olympic and twice Commonwealth Games heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
This raging robotic bull, 10m high and built in the heart of Birmingham over a five-month...
This raging robotic bull, 10m high and built in the heart of Birmingham over a five-month duration, epitomises some of the more problematic parts of the city’s history. PHOTO: REUTERS
Prince Charles, flanked by Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks during the ceremony. PHOTO:...
Prince Charles, flanked by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, speaks during the ceremony. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Fireworks light up the Birmingham sky above the stadium. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Fireworks light up the Birmingham sky above the stadium. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Spectators enjoy the proceedings. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Spectators enjoy the proceedings. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
An acrobat goes through his routine. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
An acrobat goes through his routine. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Moments from the opening ceremony of the Birmingham Commonwealth games are captured by photographers from Getty Images and Reuters.

DAY 2

Basketball

4.10am: NZ men v England; 4.35am, NZ women v England; 6.55am, NZ women v Canada; 8.10am, NZ men v Canada

Beach volleyball

6am: Women's group match v Kenya; 7am, Men's group match v Cyprus

Bowls

7.30pm: Women's singles ( Katelyn Inch), Men's triples; 10.30pm, Women's singles (Katelyn Inch); 2am, Women's fours (v South Africa); 2am, Para sport B6/B7/B8 men's pairs (v South Africa); 5am, Para sport B6 pairs, Men's pairs.

Boxing

11pm: Men's 57kg (Alex Mukuka), Men's 71kg (Wendell Stanley-Chileshe); 12am, Women's 70kg (Arianne Nicholson).

Cricket

10pm: White Ferns v South Africa.

Cycling

9.02pm: Women's sprint qualification (Ellesse Andrews, Olivia King, Rebecca Petch); 9.41pm, Women's 3000m individual pursuit qualifying (Bryony Botha, Emily Shearman); 10.33pm, Women's Sprint 1/8s; 11.06pm, women's Sprint quarters; 11.22pm, Men's 4000 individual pursuit qualifying – (Aaron Gate, Jordan Kerby, Tom Sexton); 3.02am, Men's kerin first round (Callum Saunders, Sam Dakin, Sam Webster); 3.22am, Women's Sprint semis; 3.30am, Women's 3000m individual pursuit finals (Bryony Botha, Emily Shearman); 3.44am, Men's kerin repechage; 4.26am, Men's 4000 individual pursuit finals; 4.41am, Men's kerin second round; 4.51am, women's sprint finals; 5.17am, men's kerin finals.

Hockey

8am: Women's group B match v Scotland

Netball

7am: New Zealand v Uganda.

Rugby 7s

10.06pm: Women's group match v England; 11.34pm, men's group match v England; 7.42am, women's semifinal; 8.04am, women's semifinal; 8.26am, men's quarterfinal

Swimming

9.30pm: Men's 200m freestyle heats (Cameron Gray); 10.18pm, women's 100 backstroke heats (Hazel Vanessa Ouwehand); 10.30pm, men's 400IM heats (Lewis Clareburt); 6.07am, men's 50m butterfly final – (Cameron Gray potential); 6.43am, Men's 200m freestyle final; 7.22am, women's 100 backstroke semifinal; 7.49am, men's 400IM final; 7.58am, women's 100 butterfly final; 8.05am, Men's 100m backstroke final.

Squash

12.15am: Women's singles (Kaitlyn Watts); 12.40am, men's singles (Lwamba Chileshe, Paul Coll); 5am, women's singles (Joelle King, Kaitlyn Watts), men's singles (Lwamba Chileshe, Paul Coll, Temwa Chileshe)

DAY 3

Athletics

1.31am: Triathlon, mixed relay team final

Basketball

6.30am: Men's group v Trinidad and Tobago, women's group v British Virgin Islands

Bowls

7.30pm: Men's B6 pairs, men's triples; 10.30pm, men's pairs; 2am, women's fours quarter-finals, men's B6 pairs, men's triples quarter-finals; 5am, men's pairs, mixed B2/3 pairs, women's singles.

Boxing

5.30am: Men's over 92kg (Uila Mau'u); 11pm: men's 75kg round of 16 potential (Emile Richardson)

Cycling

9.02pm: Men's sprint qualification (Callum Saunders, Sam Webster, Sam Dakin); 9.57pm, men's sprint 1/8 finals potential (Callum Saunders, Sam Webster, Sam Dakin); 10.34pm, men's sprint 1/8 finals; 10.50pm, men's scratch race qualifying (Campbell Stewart, George Jackson, Tom Sexton); 2.10am, Men's Sprint semifinals; 2.53am, Women's points race (Michaela Drummond, Bryony Botha); 3.32am, women's 500m time trial finals potential (Ellesse Andrews, Olivia King, Rebecca Petch); 4.42am, men's sprint finals

Rugby 7s

12.42am: Men's semifinal; 1.04am, men's semifinal; 7.50am, women's bronze final; 8.12am, men's bronze final; 8.38am, women's gold final; 9.04am, men's gold final.

Squash

11pm: Men's singles round of 16, women's singles round of 32; 5am, men’s singles round of 16, women's singles round of 16.

Swimming

9.30pm: Men's 200m butterfly heats (Lewis Clareburt); 9.46pm, women's 200m breaststroke heats –(Mya Rasmussen); 10pm, men's 100m breaststroke SB8 Heat -(Jesse Reynolds, Joshua Willmer); 10.04pm, women's 100m backstroke S8 heat (Tupou Neiufi); 10.08pm, men's 50m backstroke Heats (Andrew Jeffcoat, Cameron Gray); 10.21pm, Women's 50m Butterfly Heats (Hazel Vanessa Ouwehand, Helena Gasson); 10.37pm, Men's 100m freestyle heats (Cameron Gray); 6.07am, men's 50m backstroke semis; 6.17am, women's 50m butterfly semis; 6.28am, men's 200m butterfly final potential –(Lewis Clareburt); 6.35am, women's 100m backstroke S8 final (Tupou Neiufi); 6.42am, men's 100m breaststroke SB8 final; 7.13am, men's 100m freestyle semis; 7.24am – swimming – women's 200m breaststroke final; 7.45am, women's 50m Butterfly final.

Weightlifting

5.45am: Men's 73kg (Vester Villalon)

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