England’s Cricket World Cup final, Wimbledon, British GP… this weekend’s action is mouth-watering

The sporting action starts to hot up over the weekend, with plenty on offer for armchair fans should the weather take an unexpected turn for the worse.

From the British Grand Prix and the start of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool through to the climax of Wimbledon and England’s bid for Cricket World Cup glory at Lord’s, there is plenty to keep you glued to your sofa.

So sit back and relax as we run you through an essential guide on what to watch and where to catch all of the action.

The Cricket World Cup final is one of the standout showpiece sporting events this weekend

The Cricket World Cup final is one of the standout showpiece sporting events this weekend

The Cricket World Cup final is one of the standout showpiece sporting events this weekend

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Cycling – Tour de France, Stage Eight (Eurosport 1 1045 & ITV4 1100); 

Golf – Scottish Open (Sky Sports Golf 1500 & Sky Sports Main Event 1800), PGA John Deere Classic (Sky Sports Golf 2000); 

Boxing – British heavyweight title, Daniel Dubois v Nathan Gorman (BT Sport 1 1930); 

Motorcyling – World Superbikes, California (Eurosport 2 1845 & 2200)

Saturday

WIMBLEDON – LADIES’ SINGLES FINAL

Serena Williams v Simona Halep – BBC Two 11:00, BBC One 13:00 & Eurosport 2 13:45

At the start of a bumper sporting weekend, all eyes will be on Centre Court when Serena Williams meets Simona Halep looking to add an eighth Wimbledon championship.

Another triumph at SW19 would move the American level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand-slam titles.

Romanian Halep, though, will be no pushover as the former world No 1 and French Open champion in 2018 aims to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish for the first time.

Serena Williams takes on Simona Halep in the Wimbledon ladies' singles final on Saturday

Serena Williams takes on Simona Halep in the Wimbledon ladies' singles final on Saturday

Serena Williams takes on Simona Halep in the Wimbledon ladies’ singles final on Saturday

FORMULA ONE – BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Practice – Channel 4 10:55, Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports F1 10:45; Qualifying – Channel 4 12:55, Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports F1 13:00

British driver Lewis Hamilton will have sights on a record sixth victory around his home circuit at Silverstone, which will continue to stage the sport’s oldest race through until at least 2024.

Sebastian Vettel, though, stood top of the podium for Ferrari in 2018 to deny Hamilton what would have been a fifth successive triumph.

The German will be hoping his car proves up to the test again this year as he aims to once more silence the vocal British crowd.

Lewis Hamilton will have his sights set on claiming pole for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton will have his sights set on claiming pole for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton will have his sights set on claiming pole for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

NETBALL WORLD CUP

Preliminary stages, including England v Scotland – Sky Sports Main Event 08:30, Sky Sports Action 09:20, 11:20, 15:20 & 17:20

While the Cricket World Cup might be about to end, Liverpool is hosting the Netball World Cup through until July 21 – the competition taking place in England for only the third time in 56 years.

Aiming to continue the feelgood factor from football’s Lionesses at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the Vitality Roses will face rivals the Scottish Thistles in Group D on Saturday afternoon.

A deep run into the showpiece tournament would help raise the profile of the sport once again after England won gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

England will face Scotland in Group D of the Netball World Cup on Saturday afternoon

England will face Scotland in Group D of the Netball World Cup on Saturday afternoon

England will face Scotland in Group D of the Netball World Cup on Saturday afternoon

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Netball – World Cup (Sky Sports Action 0920, 1120, 1520 & 1720); 

Cycling – Tour de France, Stage Nine (Eurosport 1 1130 & ITV4 1200); 

Rugby Union – Women’s international, New Zealand v England (Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0830);

Golf – Scottish Open (Sky Sports Golf 1500 & Sky Sports Main Event 1900), PGA John Deere Classic (Sky Sports Golf 2000); 

Motorcyling – World Superbikes, California (Eurosport 2 1845 & 2200)

Sunday

CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL

England v New Zealand – Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 09:00; Channel 4 09:00 & More4 13:15

Eoin Morgan will lead his team out at Lord’s off the back of a thrilling eight-wicket victory over holders Australia.

With the event also being broadcast on free-to-air television, England will carry the weight of an expectant nation as they aim to deliver a first World Cup triumph, having last made the final 27 years ago.

The Black Caps, though, are firmly intent on spoiling the party at the home of cricket after producing a composed display to defeat India in their semi-final.

Kane Williamson’s side will be determined to make amends for defeat by the hosts in Durham during the group stage as they target going one better than 2015, when they were World Cup runners-up in Melbourne.

England take on New Zealand in the eagerly-anticipated Cricket World Cup final at Lord's

England take on New Zealand in the eagerly-anticipated Cricket World Cup final at Lord's

England take on New Zealand in the eagerly-anticipated Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s

WIMBLEDON – MEN’S SINGLES FINAL

Novak Djokovic/Roberto Bautista Agut v Rafael Nadal/Roger Federer – BBC Two 11:00, BBC One 12:45, Eurosport 2 13:45 & eir Sport 1, 13:45

Whether it will be defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut who takes to the court for Sunday’s men’s singles final at The All England Club remains to be seen.

What we do know, though, is that they will face the toughest of challenges against the winner of Friday afternoon’s showdown between Roger Federer, chasing a ninth Wimbledon title, and Rafael Nadal.

While that contest could well take plenty out of either player, the tournament’s second and third seeds respectively, expect Sunday’s occasion to provide the required lift for what could well be another memorable match-up between the game’s leading men.

Roger Federer will be hoping he is still in the hunt for his ninth Wimbledon title on Sunday

Roger Federer will be hoping he is still in the hunt for his ninth Wimbledon title on Sunday

Roger Federer will be hoping he is still in the hunt for his ninth Wimbledon title on Sunday

FORMULA ONE – BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Race day from Silverstone – Sky Sports F1 & Channel 4 12:30, Sky Sports Main Event 14:05

Despite the disappointment of finishing second in last year’s British Grand Prix, Hamilton remains the man to beat.

The Mercedes star holds a 31-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the 2019 drivers’ standings – with a sixth world championship likely to follow at the end of the season.

A record crowd in excess of 140,000 are expected through the Silverstone turnstiles on Sunday, when Hamilton will aim to eclipse the five race victories he currently holds alongside Britain’s double world champion Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost.

Despite finishing second last year at the British Grand Prix, Hamilton remains the man to beat

Despite finishing second last year at the British Grand Prix, Hamilton remains the man to beat

Despite finishing second last year at the British Grand Prix, Hamilton remains the man to beat

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS – SEMI-FINALS

Senegal v Tunisia & Algeria v Nigeria – Eurosport 1 17:00 & 19:45

Premier League clubs may be back in pre-season training and some are jetting off around the globe on tours, but the international summer action continues at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will lead Senegal as they face Tunisia looking to book their place in the final.

In Sunday’s late kick-off, Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi will go up against Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez when Nigeria take on Algeria – who beat the Ivory Coast following a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Suez. 

Sadio Mane will lead Senegal against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Sunday

Sadio Mane will lead Senegal against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Sunday

Sadio Mane will lead Senegal against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Sunday

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