Jamaica beat New Zealand to reach their first Commonwealth Games netball final ©Getty Images

Jamaica are due to make their first appearance in a Commonwealth Games netball final after humbling defending world champions New Zealand at Birmingham 2022.

The Sunshine Girls dominated defensively and held a 36-22 half-time lead over the Silver Ferns as a result.

On the offensive front, captain Jhaniele Fowler successfully converted all 54 of her shots at goal as she profited from the work of her side's circle defenders who continually recycled possession.

An early four-goal run came without reply as the 2019 World Cup winners' performance was littered with errors.

The Jamaicans eased through the remainder of the match to trigger wild celebrations upon the final buzzer.

As if the landmark win was not enough, the victory also came on the 60th anniversary of Jamaican independence.

In the second semi-final, Australia outclassed defending champions England to reach their seventh of seven Commonwealth Games netball finals.

The world number one side reversed the result of the Gold Coast 2018 gold medal to beat the hosts 60-51 in a commanding performance where they were never trailing.

The Diamonds' goal shooter Gretel Bueta was in unstoppable form at the NEC Arena in the British city as she scored 43 goals from 44 attempts.

There was a clear strategy in place from Australia when it came to their main attacking threat.

Stacey Marinkovich had instructed the support to feed high balls into Bueta to take advantage of her 6'2" frame.

She dominated English goal keeper Geva Mentor winning the majority of their aerial battles as well as drawing her into committing 15 contact and six obstruction penalties.

"I think we just gave ourselves such a mountain to climb," said England head coach Jess Thirlby.

Australia avenged their Gold Coast 2018 final loss with a 60-51 win against England ©Getty Images
Australia avenged their Gold Coast 2018 final loss with a 60-51 win against England ©Getty Images

"There was nothing in there that surprised us.

"Bueta is a weapon, we know that; she's brilliant and so versatile coming out of that circle.

"Today she was probably allowed to get too much hand on ball and was allowed a bit too much room to get herself back in good positions."

After losing to Jamaica in the pool stage and coming second for the first time, Australia were eager to clear any doubt over their abilities.

They flew into an early three-goal lead after capitalising on careless mistakes from England and never looked back from there, finishing the first quarter 15-12.

Three goal margins followed in the next two quarters, with Australia taking them 14-11 and 16-13 before a 15-15 draw in the final period.