SWIMMER Amy Smith led Worcestershire's charge at the Commonwealth Games by scooping a silver medal in the pool.

Smith, celebrating her 27th birthday, was part of the England team that finished second in the women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay alongside Fran Halsall, Becki Turner and Siobhan O'Connor.

They posted a time of three minutes 35.72 seconds but had no answer to the Australians, who set a world record mark of 3.30.98 for gold. Canada were third.

Another Worcestershire medal winner was former Kidderminster Samurai Judo Club fighter Kelly Edwards, who had to settle for silver amid controversial circumstances.

The 23-year-old looked set for gold in the women's under 52kg category final against Scotland’s Louise Renicks but was disqualified with seconds remaining after collecting four penalties, forcing her to settle for silver.

Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish claimed bronze in the women's 500m time-trial behind dominant Australia duo Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton in a time of 34.267secs.

Evesham swimmer Cameron Brodie begins his bid for medal glory tomorrow.

He goes in heat two of the men's 200m butterfly.