After England's comprehensive victory in the first match of the series, the visitors expected a revitalised and competitive challenge from the Jamaicans, and so it proved to be, with neither team able to settle in the opening period. The lead changed hands again and again, and Jamaica's experienced shooting combination of Elaine Davis and Simone Forbes made things difficult for England's defensive pairing of Mkoloma and Mentor. The first quarter ended 12-12.
England intensified the pressure in the second quarter, despite the close attentions of the Jamaican side, and started to edge away, establishing a four goal lead at half time, to lead 24-20.
During the third quarter, the visitors' superior fitness started to show, with a number of Jamaicans starting to feel the heat. WD Nichala Gibson was substituted for Sasher-Gaye Henry, as the side tried to counteract the pace and guile of WA Karen Atkinson. The home side fought on, clipping the lead to three at the end of the third period.
However, England were focused and resolute and despite a further surge from the Jamaicans in the final period, Cookey and Brownfield maintained their shooting form in the England goal circle to keep their side ahead, and allow England to run out 46-45 winners.
The final match in the three game series takes place this evening and England will be looking for a series whitewash in the last competitive meeting between the two teams ahead of November's World Netball Championships.
Starting line ups:
England: GS Louisa Brownfield, GA Pamela Cookey, WA Karen Atkinson, C Jade Clarke, WD Amanda Newton, GD Sonia Mkoloma, GK Geva Mentor
Jamaica: GS Elaine Davis, GA Simone Forbes, WA Nadine Bryan, C Sharon Wiles, WD Nichala Gibson, GD Kasey Evering, GK Althea Byfield
Brownfield 26/35 (74%), Cookey 20/24 (83%)
Davis 24/26 (92%) Forbes 21/25 (84%)
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