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England net win over Sri Lanka

27 July 2002

World netball number three England controlled the game from the first whistle leading at every change to overcome Sri Lanka 75-34.

Fiona Murtagh

Fiona Murtagh England’s Wing defender

English coach Lyn Gunson had the luxury of running most of her bench with stars Alex Astle, Olivia Murphy and Amanda Newton introduced at half-time.

Jess Garland (ENG) and team-mate Jo Steed took time to find their rhythm in the goal circle but the home side still managed to establish a 19-5 quarter-time lead.

England’s Geva Mentor repelled numerous Sri Lankan attacking surges as the home side dominated in every third to lead 35-16 at half-time.

Fiona Murtagh England’s Wing defender said: “We are a bit disappointed with our performance tonight.

“It was frustrating, they played a really short game which was difficult to defend.

“They scored far too many goals and we should have scored a lot more.”

The Sri Lankan defence found it hard to contain Astle (ENG) whose height and agility almost guaranteed that England scored each time the ball went forward.

Astle, the top scorer, finished with 31 goals from 41 attempts.

Gayathri Lankatilleke the South African Wing Defender was positive about their performance saying: “I think we played a good game.

“We are improving each time but there are some very good teams here that we are playing against.”

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