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 armchair.

So sit back and relax as PA Sport provides the essential guide on what to watch and where to catch all of the action.


Serena Williams v Simona Halep – BBC Two 1100, BBC One 1300 & Eurosport 2 1345

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 number one,  French Open champion in 2018, aims to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish for the first time.

Practice – Channel 4 1055, Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports F1 1045; Qualifying – Channel 4 1255, Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports F1 1300

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.

Preliminary stages, including England v Scotland – Sky Sports Main Event 0830, Sky Sports Action 0920, 1120, 1520 & 1720

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.

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)


England v New Zealand – Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 0900; Channel 4 0900 & More4 1315

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

With the showpeice 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 some 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.

Novak Djokovic/Roberto Bautista Agut v Rafael Nadal/Roger Federer – BBC Two 1100, BBC One 1245, Eurosport 2 1345 & eir Sport 1 1345

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.

Race day from Silverstone – Sky Sports F1 & Channel 4 1230, Sky Sports Main Event 1405

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.

Senegal v Tunisia & Algeria v Nigeria – Eurosport 1 1700 & 1945

Premier League clubs may be back in pre-season training and some 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.

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)