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England Roses off to a positive start at Netball World Cup

WINNING START: England captain Serena Guthrie

HOSTS England ensured a winning start to the Vitality Netball World Cup by overcoming a tough Ugandan side at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool this evening (July 12).

Tracey Neville’s Roses – looking to claim their first ever World Cup title – were dominant in the first and final quarters of the match against a physical Uganda side, who are ranked sixth in the world.

Uganda’s centre, Stella Oyella, was sent off late on in the game for persistent infringements, as the home side ran out 64-32 winners in a match which also saw Jo Harten win her 100th cap.

Also in action this evening were Scotland, who set up tomorrow’s encounter against England by also registering an opening-day win, beating Samoa 53-35.

Meanwhile, Jamaica inflicted a comprehensive 85-29 defeat on Fiji, and South Africa beat Trinidad and Tobago 76-45. That ensured a bittersweet day for Calypso Girls captain Rhonda John-Davis, who became the first player in World Cup history to appear at six different tournaments.

The first day of competition saw the curtain officially come up on the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019, with event partner Culture Liverpool showcasing some of the most iconic aspects of the host city to a global audience during the opening ceremony.

Earlier on in the day – during session 1 – Australia, New Zealand, Barbados and Zimbabwe all made winning starts.

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