Malawi Queens opened their account at the Commonwealth Games badly on the Gold Coast on Friday when they lost to England by 49- 74.

It was a one-sided affair as England dominated Malawi after after beating Scotland in their Pool B opener.

According to BBC, it was a “heavy defeat” in contrast to the series of matches the two teams played in November last year – one which was a two-point game in England’s favour.

The Queens had a remarkable 91 percent shooting accuracy against the Roses’ 85 led by by their iconic goal-shooter Mwawi Kumwenda,but they appeared slow in build-ups.

The Queens, who featured Mwawi, Sindi Simtowe-Msowoya, Thandie Galeta, Takondwa Lwazi, Laureen Ngwira, Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda and captain Jonana Kachilika in the starting line-up, trailed by only six baskets in the first-quarter (11-17), in which they enjoyed a 92 percent shooting accuracy against England’s 74 with Simtowe-Msowoya as the culprit for the only missed attempt.

And as England turned on the heat, the Malawi Queens were forced to make a double substitution—taking off Kachilika and Simtowe-Msowoya for Martha Dambo and Joyce Mvula.

At half-time, England led 33-25. In the third-quarter, Mwawi was rested for Jane Chimaliro, but it was in that quarter that England upped their tempo and led by 11 baskets (49-38).

Veteran defender Caroline Mtukuke-Ngwira was also thrown into service, replacing England-based Laureen Ngwira.

Malawi Queens have no time to rest or worry about the defeat because they play Uganda – who qualified for the games by claiming the African title ahead if Malawi last year – at 1300 local time Saturday morning.
England, ranked number three in the world, face Uganda on Sunday at 06:02 BST.

Wales lost 70-44 against former Commonwealth champions New Zealand despite trailing by only five goals at half-time.

Jamaica scored a memorable last-second goal in their 57-46 win over South Africa, while defending champions Australia thrashed Barbados 79-24.

Northern Ireland face South Africa on Saturday (06:02), while Scotland play Wales (09:32).

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