Netball: Essex Open maintain good start to Premier League Division Three season with win at Cumberland
PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 October 2017
A round-up of the latest matches involving Essex Open teams
Essex Open produced a fine second half display to record a 48-40 win away to Cumberland in the Mizuno Premier League Division Three.
With Jasmine Odeogberin and Zoie Humphrey solid in defence, Cumberland were finding shooting opportunities hard to come by, with Essex leading 11-9 by the end of the first quarter.
Cumberland hit back, though, with Essex trailing by two twice in the second period, but the visitors then rallied themselves to lead 21-19 heading into half time.
Open began the third quarter brightly and extended their lead with Leah Humphries and Maddie Oshodi finding the basket regularly as the visitors held a 39-30 advantage.
Sam Lawrence, Isabella Morgan-Smith and Rebecca Wilks then kept the ball well for Essex in the final quarter to see out a solid win.
Essex Open: Odeogberin, Humphrey, R Wilks, I Morgan-Smith, Lawrence, Humphries, Glenn, Oshodi, Cambell, R Morgan-Smith.
• In the Essex Met League Division One, Essex Open A cantered to an 85-31 success at home to Romford.
Despite the eventual margin of victory, the early exchanges were tight with the score 6-6 midway through the first quarter.
Essex, though, soon began to pull and by the end of the period held a commanding 22-9 advantage over Romford.
Leah Humphries and Maddie Oshodi continued to score freely in the second period as Open led 40-17 at half time.
After Rose Morgan-Smith picked up an injury, Nicky Wilks moved to centre court, but it proved no distraction as Essex dominated the remaining quarters.
Essex Open A: Odeogberin, Humphrey, R Wilks, R Morgan-Smith, I Morgan-Smith, Humphries, Oshodi, N Wilks.
• Essex Open B suffered the second consecutive defeat in Division One as they went down 42-33 despite a brave effort at home to New Cambell.
In Division Four, the C team maintained their position at the top of the table with a 52-27 win over Ilford.
A strong second half performance saw Open D defeat Rileys 42-38 to ensure the club’s teams sit first and second in Division Four.
Essex Open E beat Romford 36-31, the F side thrashed New Cambell Orange 52-15 and the G team edged a thriller with Leyton D, winning 26-25.
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