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England clip Sunshine Girls 2-1

Howard Walker

Thursday, September 27, 2012    

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Jamaica's netballers crashed to a 58-62 defeat to England at the EIS Sheffield Arena and lost the three-Test series 1-2 yesterday, despite a game-high 45 goals by goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler.

It was sweet revenge for England, who lost 1-2 to the Sunshine Girls in their last Test Series last year April in Kingston, and they have continued their recent dominance, having beaten the Jamaicans at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and at the 2011 World Championship in Singapore for the bronze medal on both occasions.

England, the fourth-ranked team in the world, had won the first match in Birmingham 63-51 before Jamaica levelled the series 1-1 on Monday winning 49-44 in the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

But the English girls seemed more determined to clinch the series at home after tying 15-15 for the first quarter, the home team never looked back.

They opened up a four-goal gap after the second quarter, leading 34-30, but the Sunshine Girls reduced the deficit at the end of the third quarter to trail by three, 46-49, setting the stage for an epic fourth quarter.

But despite Fowler's gallant effort of 45 from 46 attempts, the Jamaicans fell short by four. Anna-Kay Griffiths scored five from eight attempts and was replaced by Romelda Aikens in the second half. The latter scored eight from her 10 attempts.

England star Jo Harten scored 41 from 44 attempts and was ably assisted by Pamela Cookey with 21 from 23 attempts.

The Sunshine Girls, who arrived in England on September 18, are scheduled to return home today.

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