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Australia weather late storm to win netball series opener against England

  • England 52-58 Australia
  • Sharni Layton stars for Diamonds in first Test in Liverpool

England suffered a narrow defeat in their opening match of the Netball International Series, losing 58-52 to the world champions, Australia, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

A fast-paced high-quality start to the match saw Australia move into an early 9-7 lead, although it was the Roses’ Rachel Dunn – one of the stars of last year’s World Cup – who scored the pick of the goals in the opening period of play, finishing off a flowing move. Despite this and the sharp shooting of Helen Housby, however, the Australian Diamonds led 17-15 at the first interval.

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