Saturday 17 August, 2019

Netball World Cup: Jamaica close in on fifth spot with win over Uganda

Jamaica's Shamera Sterling, left, challenges Uganda's Peace Proscovia during their Netball World Cup match in Liverpool, England, Thursday July 18, 2019. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

Jamaica's Shamera Sterling, left, challenges Uganda's Peace Proscovia during their Netball World Cup match in Liverpool, England, Thursday July 18, 2019. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls defeated Uganda 61-48 on Thursday at the M&S Bank Arena in their final group match to remain on course of finishing fifth at the 2019 Netball World Cup in England.

The Sunshine Girls were booted from medal contentions on Monday after England handed them a second straight defeat.

It represents the first time since 1995 that Jamaica have not made it into the knockout rounds. The Sunshine Girls came into the tournament ranked second in the world and with great expectations of their first trophy in 15 attempts.

The Sunshine Girls, who finished third in Group G (stage two of the preliminary round)  with six points behind Commonwealth Games champions England (maximum 10 points) and South Africa (eight points), will continue their fight for fifth place on Friday when they face Zimbabwe, which are ranked at 13th in the world.

Zimbabwe finished fourth in Group F (stage two of the preliminary round).

Meanwhile, England booked a semi-final meeting with New Zealand by beating South Africa 58-47 in their final group match.

In the battle for Group G's top spot, England outclassed their opponents, especially in the first half.

South Africa will face holders Australia in Saturday's other semi-final.

Australia, the 11-time champions, overcame New Zealand 50-49 earlier on Thursday to top Group F and also remain undefeated.

 

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