LIVERPOOL, England, Sporting Alert — Jamaica cruised to a comfortable 85-29 victory over Fiji at the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 at M&S Bank Arena on Friday.
The No. 2 ranked Sunshine Girls held a 40-14 lead against the No. 17 ranked Fiji at half-time.
Jhaniele Fowler Lights It Up For Jamaica
National captain Jhaniele Fowler, who did not enter the game until after halftime, hit 33 from 36 attempts to lead all scorers.
Experienced goal shooter Romelda Aiken, who was given the start ahead Fowler, finished with 26 from 36 attempts, while Rebekah Robinson went 15 of 17 and Shanice Beckford made 11 of 13 attempts for the Jamaicans in the win.
Laisani Waqa scored nine goals from 10 attempts to lead Fiji.
Lydia Panapasa, Unaisi Rauluni and Matila Vocea scored six goals each in the defeat.
The Sunshine Girls opened the competition by scoring the first three goals and then used an 11-0 run to get away to a 15-3 advantage in the first-quarter.
The Caribbean never looked back after that positive start.
Easy Wins For Holders Australia; New Zealand, England
Earlier in the day, world No. 1 and holders Australia brushed aside Northern Ireland 88-24 at Liverpool Arena.
Skipper Caitlin Bassett was dominant in attack, going 33 from 34 attempts, while goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites made 25 of 26 attempts for the Diamonds.
The England Roses picked up a 64-32 win against Uganda in a game in which centre Stella Oyella was dismissed for poor discipline after she persistently broke the rules.
Goal attack Joanne Harten ended with 29 of 35 shot attempts, Helen Housby scored 18 of 19 attempts and starting shooter Rachel Dunn completed 17 from 19 attempts
New Zealand brushed off Malawi, 64-45, Barbados scored a 69-34 win over Singapore, Zimbabwe defeated Sri Lanka, 79-49, while Zimbabwe secured a 79-49 win over Sri Lanka.
Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 Scores
Australia 88 beat Northern Ireland 24
Jamaica 85 beat Fiji 29
England 64 beat Uganda 32
New Zealand 64 beat Malawi 45
Barbados 69 beat Singapore 34
Zimbabwe 79 beat Sri Lanka 49