She Cranes Wng Attack Ruth Meeme looks to make a pass over Englands's Serena-Guthrie Credit: Sky Sports
  • England 55-49 Uganda
[/media-credit] She Cranes Wing Attack Halima Nakachwa looks to make a pass over Englands’s Serena Guthrie Credit: Sky Sports

Uganda She Cranes chance of playing a medal match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games was dealt a final blow following a slim 55-49 defeat to England Roses at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday.

She Cranes suffered their second defeat in Pool B while Roses made it three wins in a row with victory over debutants Uganda.

Joan Nyongesa’s side went into the game on the back of a 54-52 win over Malawi and without doubt Peace Proscovia who features in the English Vitality League was the major threat to the Roses.

Tracey Neville’s side got off to a strong start to the game and led by ten goals  (18-8) at the end of the first quarter, but the She Cranes closed the gap to eight goals by half-time.

Uganda’s momentum continued after the break but England held their own and went into the final 15 minutes with a six-goal (42-36) advantage.

The She Cranes narrowed the deficit to five goals with just over 11 minutes to play but the Roses did enough to maintain their 100 per cent record under tense atmosphere in the closing stages.

Uganda’s penultimate Pool B match is against Wales on Tuesday (March 10) and will complete the group schedule against Scotland on Wednesday (March 11).

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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