England displayed their strength in depth to beat Scotland 70-34 and join Australia and New Zealand in registering day two victories at the Vitality Netball World Cup.
The Roses squad has been described as the best in the tournament and, having used all 12 players in beating Uganda on day one, Tracey Neviile rang the changes for another emphatic victory on Saturday afternoon.
Captain Serena Guthrie, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman and Friday’s hero Jo Harten all dropped to the bench as Rachel Dunn, Jade Clarke, Natalie Haythornthwaite and Natalie Panagarry were given their chance to shine.
Veteran shooter Dunn took made the most of the opportunity thanks to a phenomenal display under the posts, hitting 49 of her 52 attempts to lead England to a 26-goal win after Friday’s 32-goal success.
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Tracey Neville’s much-changed starting seven proved too strong for Scotland as they fell short despite a brave effort, a few many mistakes proving costly against an England side with sights on gold next weekend.
In the end the Roses ran out emphatic winners in front of another expectant crowd to follow their major title rivals in making it two wins from their opening two games, but a worrying looking injury to Layla Guscoth will have tempered the delight.
Australia and New Zealand were again out early on Saturday morning and it was a similar story to Friday for both, although there was plenty for both to think about for differing reasons.
Having looked so slick in beating Northern Ireland on Day One, the Diamonds were made to battle in victory over Zimbabwe, while the Silver Ferns followed up their determined win over Malawi by overpowering Barbados.
Northern Ireland picked up a first win of the tournament, bouncing back from their Aussie hammering to beat Sri Lanka and set themselves back on course for the second stage, while Malawi served up a treat in an 87-38 win over Singapore.
But it was the Roses result that delighted the packed out M&S Bank Arena.
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