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Netball World Cup: Oyella Sent Off As Uganda Fall To England

England's Chelsea Pitman (left) and Uganda's Stella Nanfuka during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Friday, July 12
*England 64-32 Uganda

Saturday, July 13
*Uganda Vs Samoa

She Cranes Starting 7
Lilian Ajio (GD), Ruth Meeme (WA), Joan Nampungu (GK), Stella Oyella (C), Peace Proscovia (GS), Sylvia Nanyonga (WD), Racheal Nanyonga (GA)

Stella Oyella had a nightmare as Uganda’s She Cranes lost 64-32 to hosts England as the 2019 Netball World Cup got underway in Liverpool.

Despite putting up a strong start, Uganda couldn’t match England’s quality and a vocal crowd at M&S Bank Arena who cheered the side from start to finish as the Roses had a start and for their search for the first World Cup title.

Oyella (right) goes to close England’s Serena Guthrie. Getty Images.

Centre Oyella, who plays for NIC locally, was earlier warned verbally for her rough play. She was later sin-binned in the third quarter before another collision with Jade Clarke led to her sent off with six minutes still to play.

“I know the Roses are good but it’s not the start we wanted,” assistant coach Rashid Mubiru told sky sports. “It was a little physical, we came for a competition, not only one game, now we look to tomorrow.”

“There will always be a loser and winner, am very happy for my girls for pushing up to the end.”

Namuwaya Muhayimuna (left) tries to trap England’s Helen Housby. Getty Images

Peace Proscovia made 20 goals from her 23 attempts but Uganda failed to control Serena Guthrie, Chelsea Pitman and Joanne Harten at the other end.

England who beat Uganda last year 3-0 in friendly series, shot with an accuracy of 87.7% as they made an extra player count.

Uganda, seeking to finish inside the top three in the group to advance to another round, will return to action on Saturday against Samoa before facing Scotland on Sunday.

England’s Francesca Williams (left) and Racheal Nanyonga battle for the ball. Getty Images

Friday Results
Group A
*Australia 88-24 N.Ireland
*Zimbabwe 79-49 Sri Lanka

Group B
*New Zealand 64-45 Malawi
*Singapore 34-69 Barbados

Group C
*Jamaica 85-29 Fiji
*South Africa 76-45 Trinidad and Tobago

Group D
*England 64-32 Uganda
*Scotland 53-35 Samoa

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