Coverage continues on Saturday from 8.30am on Sky Sports Netball, Action and YouTube with Vitality Roses taking on Scottish Thistles
By Paul Prenderville at the M&S Bank Arena
Last Updated: 12/07/19 8:35pm
Jo Harten inspired England to a perfect start to their quest for a first World Cup title with a 64-32 win over Uganda at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.
In front of frenzied home crowd and playing with heightened levels of expectancy after the Commonwealth Games gold medal, Tracey Neville’s Vitality Roses brought the curtain down on day one with a hugely impressive display against a Ugandan side that had ran them close in November.
England coped with the physicality offered by their opponents in style, and in Harten had the fairytale story to underpin the first game of what they hope will be a memorable 10 days on Merseyside.
Winning her 100th cap, the shooter made few mistakes under the posts and her partnership with Helen Housby once again proved profitable for two and a half quarters until Housby was withdrawn with what looked to be a minor ankle worry.
However, it couldn’t dampen home hopes as they powered down the stretch aided by the sending off of Ugandan centre Stella Oyella with 13 minutes remaining as England eased to the perfect start and gave the full squad an outing on day one.
England are back in action on Saturday at 3pm when they take on Scotland and end their preliminary stage against Samoa on Sunday at 11am – all three games are available exclusively on Sky Sports Netball.
Australia will look to cement their connections after a fast start when they play the crowd-pleasing Zimbabweans, while Northern Ireland will look for a win against Sri Lanka.
Jamaica face Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa take on Fiji and New Zealand look for a second successive win when they take on Barbados
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