England claim Reunited series with second straight win over Sunshine Girls

By Sports Desk December 04, 2021

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were unable to get back on level terms against the England Vitality Roses, after suffering a heavy loss in the second match of the series in Nottingham on Saturday.

The lopsided 66-47 loss pushed the home team to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series, having won the opening match opening game of the series 55-45 last week.

In the first encounter between the teams, it was the Sunshine Girls that had led at the half, this time around a devastating England attack led by 8 goals after the first quarter, and defensively managed to restrict the Jamaicans to 6 points as they doubled their advantage for a 35-19 half-time lead.

Similar to the first match, the Jamaicans were plagued by numerous turnovers but managed to make inroads into the lead at the start of the third quarter.  The damage was, however, mostly done with England managing to give several non-regular players game time with the win all but secured.  The teams will play the final match of the series at the same venue tomorrow.

 

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    Ricardo Thomas        Waterhouse FC

    Ky-Mani Campbell        Waterhouse FC

    Richard King                 Cavalier SC

    Denardo Thomas         Waterhouse FC

    Demario Phillips               Dunbeholden FC

    Fabion McCarthy         Dunbeholden FC

    Nickoy Christian             Dunbeholden FC

    Ramone Howell             Waterhouse FC

    Ronaldo Webster            Cavalier SC

    Jourdain Fletcher             Gokulam Kerala

    Maliek Howell               University of Memphis

    Earl Simpson                  Arnett Gardens FC

    Odane Pennycooke       Tivoli Gardens FC

    Tarick Ximines                Mount Pleasant FC

    Alwayne Harvey           Mount Pleasant FC

    Adrian Marriapa.             McAuthur FC

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