Netball World Cup: England beaten by holders Australia

By Caroline ChapmanBBC Sport
Australia v England
Australia beat England by one point at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Netball World Cup
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park, Australia Dates: 7-16 August
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Results and fixtures

England fell to their first defeat of the Netball World Cup as they were beaten 51-41 by holders Australia.

Tracey Neville's side overcame Jamaica, Samoa and Scotland to progress to the second group stage as Pool B winners.

The Roses were only five goals down at half-time in Tuesday's game in Sydney, but 10-time winners Australia finished well to make sure of the victory.

England return to action on Wednesday against Wales, who lost 68-40 to South Africa earlier in the day.

The top two teams from each second-round pool progress to the semi-finals, which will be held on Saturday.

In the opposing pool, New Zealand beat Jamaica 55-48 while Malawi won 59-53 against Uganda.

Scotland drop into the second tier of eight, after finishing the third in their preliminary pool, and started their second round of fixtures with a 37-34 win over Barbados.

The race for the semi-finals
Pool EPool F
1. New Zealand (2pts)1. South Africa (2pts)
2. Malawi (2pts)2. Australia (2pts)
3. Uganda (0 pts)3. England (0pts)
4. Jamaica (0 pts)4. Wales (0pts)
*top two from each pool progress